Levin College of Law

Charles W. Collier

Professor of Law
Affiliate Professor, Philosophy

(352) 273-0965


Charles W. Collier is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Florida.  His work in First Amendment law, constitutional law, intellectual history, and interdisciplinary legal theory has appeared in journals such as Critical Inquiry, Dissent, Legal Theory, Ethics, Critical Review, Inquiry, History and Theory, Duke Law Journal, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review,and Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte.


J.D., Stanford University
Ph.D., Yale University
DAAD Fellow, Universität Heidelberg
M.Phil., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
B.A., Reed College

Teaching and Scholarship

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Constitutional Law, Law and Humanistic Theory, First Amendment Law, Law and the Philosophy of Language.


  • American Legal Thought
  • First Amendment Law
  • Religion and the Constitution
  • Supreme Court Workshop



  • Meaning in Law: A Theory of Speech. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. ix + 194
    Reviewed: 123 Harvard Law Review 1812 (2010)
  • Basic Themes in Law and Jurisprudence. LexisNexis, Anderson Publishing Co., 2000. Pp. xviii + 486.


  • The Unwritten Rules of Liberal Democracy, 15 University of Massachusetts Law Review 197 (2020)
  • The Armed Society and Its Friends: A Reckoning, 70 Hastings Law Journal 671 (2019)
  • The Death of Gun Control: An American Tragedy, 41 Critical Inquiry 102-131 (2014)
  • The Death of Gun Control: An American Tragedy, Critical Inquiry Web Exclusive
  • On the Zimmerman Case Verdict . . . , In the Moment: The Critical Inquiry Blog (July 16, 2013) [Link]
  • Gun Control in America: An Autopsy Report, 60:3 Dissent 81 (2013)
  • An Inefficient Truth, 23:1-2 Critical Review 29-71 (2011)
  • Reviewed: The Deal Economy (June 16, 2011). The Huffington Post (June 21, 2011).
  • Review of Steven J. Heyman, Free Speech and Human Dignity, 119 Ethics 367-72 (2009)
  • Presidential Debates and Deliberative Democracy, 117 Yale Law Journal Forum (16 June 2008) [Link]
  • Terrorism as an Intellectual Problem, 55 Buffalo Law Review 815-40 (2007)
  • Speech and Communication in Law and Philosophy, 12 Legal Theory 1-17 (2006)
  • Review of Owen Fiss, The Law as It Could Be, 116 Ethics 412-16 (2006)