Shannon Gilreath

Dr. Shannon Gilreath

WGS Associate Professor, Wake Forest Fellow in Law, and Professor for Interdisciplinary Study


Contact Information:

Office: Worrel 3203A

Phone: (336) 758-6114




J.D.: Wake Forest University (Brown Scholar)

B.A.: Lenoir-Rhyne College


WGS Courses:

WGS 377 Special Topics: Men, Women, and Pornography

WGS 321 (LAW 651) Research Seminar: Men, Women, and Pornography


Professional/Research Focus:

Constitutional Law

Sexuality and the Law

Law and Religion/Morality

Law and Society/Social Change


Selected Publications:


  • “The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation,” (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, 2011).”Sexuality and the Law in Context: Cases and Materials,” (West, American Casebook Series, 2007) (with updates). (2nd ed., forthcoming, 2011).
  • “Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today,” (University of Akron Press, Law, Politics, and Society Series, 2006). ALA Stonewall Prize for Gay/Lesbian Non-fiction Nominee; Lambda Literary Foundation Notable Book (non-fiction); Scribes Prize Nominee.
  • “Constitutional Status of Gay Marriage,” in Michael K. Curtis, J. Wilson Parker, et al, Constitutional Law in Context 2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2006).
  • “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious ‘Liberty’: A Collision Course,” in Simeon Ilesamni, et al, The Rule of God and the Rule of Law (University of Virginia Press, 2012, forthcoming).


  • “Patriarchal Religion, Sexuality, and Gender: An Introductory Essay,” (criticizing “new natural law” theory and introducing the inaugural symposium of the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy, forthcoming, 2011).
  • “Against Same-Sex Marriage,” (my portion of a published debate with Professors Nelson Tebbe and Deborah Widiss, published as Shannon Gilreath, Debate, The Argument for Same-Sex Marriage, 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 21 (2010) (available at
  • “Not a Moral Issue: Same Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty,” 2010 U. Ill. L. Rev. 205 (2010).
  • “Some Penetrating Observations on the Fifth Anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas: Privacy, Dominance, and Substantive Equality Theory,” 30 Women’s Rights Law Reporter 442-478 (2009).
  • “”Tell Your Faggot Friend He Owes Me $500 for My Broken Hand:” Thoughts on a Substantive Equality Theory of Free Speech,” 44 Wake Forest Law Review 557-615 (2009). Also chaired the symposium of which this article was a part: “Equality-based Perspectives on the Free Speech Norm: 21st Century Considerations.”
  • “Transforming Teenagers into Sex Felons: The Persistence of the Crime Against Nature after Lawrence v. Texas,” 43 Wake Forest Law Review 155-221 (2008) (with Michael Kent Curtis).
  • “Sexually Speaking: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the First Amendment after Lawrence v. Texas,” 15 Duke Journal of Gender, Law, and Policy 127-193 (2008).
  • “Of Fruit Flies and Men: Rethinking Immutability in Equal Protection Analysis–with a View toward a Constitutional Moral Imperative,” 9 Journal of Law and Social Change 1 (2006).
  • “The Technicolor Constitution: Popular Constitutionalism, Ethical Norms, and Legal Pedagogy,” 9 University of Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 23-44 (2003).
  • “Cruel and Unusual Punishment and the Eighth Amendment as a Mandate for Human Dignity: Another Look at Original Intent,” lead article, 25th Anniversary edition, 25 Thomas Jefferson Law Review 559-592 (2003).