Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Crosley Tower


A&S School of Public and International A - 0375

Professional Summary

Professor Lewis's research interests are at the intersection of law and politics in America. He is particularly interested in legal advocacy, rights politics, First Amendment law, religious political behavior, and the engagement of religious groups in politics and law. Professor Lewis's areas of expertise are conservative politics and religion and politics, with a focus on evangelical political engagement. His research engages the fields of political behavior, law and courts, interest groups, law and society, and religion and politics.

Professor Lewis's book The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars (Cambridge, 2017), was the winner of the 2018 Humbert Morken Award for the best book in Religion and Politics from the American Political Science Association. His research has also appeared in many social science journals. Professor Lewis has been a contributor to The New York TimesFiveThirtyEightVox, as well as other media outlets. 

In addition to his research, is the director and creator of the Legal Studies Certificate at UC. He has also previously served as the Book Review Editor of the academic journal Politics & Religion.


Ph.D.: American University Washington, DC, 2011 (American Politics Law and Society)

M.A.: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Wake Forest, NC, 2006 (Ethics)

B.S.: Truman State University Kirksville, MO, 2003 (History)

Positions and Work Experience

2011 -2012 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions Department of Politics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2012 -2018 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2018 -To Present Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2019 -2020 Public Fellow, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), Washington, DC

Research Support

Grant: #IHS Discourse Initiative Research Grant Investigators:Lewis, Andrew 03-01-2021 -12-31-2021 Institute for Humane Studies The Cultural Challenges to Liberalism: Muslim-Christian Relations, Religious Freedom, and Beyond. (backdoor) Role:PI $15,000.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit


Peer Reviewed Publications

Lewis, Andrew R. (2014. ) Staffing the Front Lines of the Culture War: Constituency Religious Effects on Assignment to the Senate Judiciary Committee .Congress & The Presidency, , 41 (2 ) ,167-189

Djupe, Paul A., Andrew R. Lewis, Ted G. Jelen, and Charles Dahan (2014. ) Rights Talk: The Opinion Dynamics of Rights Framing .Social Science Quarterly, , 95 (3 ) ,652-668

Lewis, Andrew R. (2014. ) Abortion Politics and the Decline of the Separation of Church and State: The Southern Baptist Case .Politics & Religion, , 7 (3 ) ,521-549

Lewis, Andrew R. (2011. ) Representing the Faithful in Legal Advocacy? Evaluating the Congruence in Baptist Church-State Advocacy .Politics & Policy, , 39 (3 ) ,441-468

Wozniak, Kevin H. and Andrew R. Lewis (2010. ) Reexamining the Effect of Christian Denominational Affiliation on Death Penalty Support .Journal of Criminal Justice, , 38 (5 ) ,1082-1089

Lewis, Andrew R. and Dana Huyser de Bernardo (2010. ) Belonging without Belonging: Utilizing Evangelical Self-Identification to Analyze Political Attitudes and Preferences .Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, , 49 (1 ) ,112-126

Djupe, Paul A., and Andrew R. Lewis (2015. ) Solidarity and Discord in Interest Group Memberships: How the Social Context Affects Interest Group Involvement .American Politics Research, , 43 (3 ) ,394-434

Lewis, Andrew R., Paul A. Djupe, Stephen T. Mockabee, and Joshua Su-Ya Wu (2015. ) The (Non) Religion of Mechanical Turk Workers .Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, , 54 (2 ) ,419-28

Djupe, Paul A., Andrew R. Lewis, and Ted G. Jelen (2016. ) Rights, Reflection, and Reciprocity: Implicdations of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate for Tolerance and the Political Process .Politics & Religion, , 9 (3 ) ,630-48

Lewis, Andrew R. (2016. ) Learning the Value of Rights: Abortion Politics and the Liberalization of Evangelical Free Speech Advocacy .Politics & Religion, , 9 (2 ) ,309-31

Burge, Ryan P., and Andrew R. Lewis. (2018. ) “Measuring Evangelicals: Practical Considerations for Social Scientists.” .Politics & Religion, , 11 (4 ) ,745-759

Lewis, Andrew R. (2019. ) “The Transformation of the Christian Right’s Moral Politics.” .The Forum, , 17 (1 ) ,25-44

Claassen, Ryan L., Paul A. Djupe, Andrew R. Lewis, and Jacob R. Neiheisel. (2019. ) “Which Party Represents My Group: The Group Foundations of Partisan Choice and Polarization.” .Political Behavior, ,

Lewis, Andrew R., William Blake, Stephen T. Mockabee, and Amanda Friesen. (2019. ) “American Constitutional Faith and the Politics of Hermeneutics.” .Politics & Religion, ,

Published Books

Lewis, Andrew R. (2017. ) The Rights Turn in Conservative Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars .New York , Cambridge University Press

Book Chapter

Lewis, Andrew R. (2018 ) “Divided over Rights: Competing Evangelical Visions for Twenty-First Century America.” The Evangelical Crackup: Will the Evangelical-Republican Coalition Last? .Philadelphia, PA, Temple University Press

Encyclopedia Article

Djupe, Paul A., and Andrew R. Lewis (2015. ) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Science, 2nd ed .

Lewis, Andrew R. (2019. ) Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics & Religion .

Additional Publications

Honors and Awards

01-01-2015 -12-31-2015 Voinovich Collections Fellow Voinovich Collections Fellowship Program Status:Recipient

Courses Taught

-POL-3021 CON LAW FED SYST Level:Undergraduate

-POL-2019 THE AMER PRESIDENCY Level:Undergraduate

-POL-3022 CON LAW RTS + LIBS Level:Undergraduate


LAW, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY Level:Undergraduate

Politics of Law & Religion Level:Undergraduate