Close Menu

Julia StronksJulia Stronks

Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4577
Fax: 509.777.4512
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 204
Email: jstronks@whitworth.edu

Education

Ph.D. University of Maryland
J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
B.A. Dordt College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty

1994

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Constitutional law; religion and politics; gender and public policy; poverty; school law; discrimination law

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors


Named Most Influential Professor by the 2008 senior class.

A graduate of Dordt College, Julia Stronks earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In 2003, she was honored with Dordt College's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Stronks directed both Whitworth's initiative to serve homeless youth in Spokane and the Lives of Commitment Program. The Lives of Commitment Program was established with a $1 million grant from the M. J. Murdock Foundation and funded courses, mentoring, guest lectures and other resources to help students connect their worldview convictions to the personal and professional decisions they make after graduation.

A regular contributor of op-ed pieces, in which she analyzes national and regional legal questions and issues, to The Seattle Times and The Spokesman-Review, Stronks is also author of the forthcoming book So You Want to Be a Christian Lawyer, and author of the book Law, Religion and Public Policy: A Commentary on First Amendment Jurisprudence (2002).

She is co-author (with her mother, Gloria Goris Stronks, a professor emeritus at Calvin College) of Christian Teachers in Public Schools: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Administrators (2000). Her latest project is an e-book, Living in the Fabric of God's Faithfulness: Parents and Children Explain What Works, which she wrote with her mother. The book is available at www.whitworth.edu/fabricoffaithfulness.

Stronks' other publications include "Mixing It Up: Faith, Citizenship and Politics," published by Presbyterian Synod USA (2007); "Christians, Public Policy and Same-Sex Marriage: Framing the questions before shouting out the answers," in Christian Scholars Review (1997); "Legal
Toleration of Religion," in Religion, Public Life and the American Polity (1996); and "Government Funding and Regulation of Religious Social Service Agencies," in Christian Perspectives on Welfare Reform, a Policy in Crisis (1996). 
 
Stronks, whose memberships include Citizens for Public Justice (Canada), Evangelicals for Social Action, the Christian Legal Society, Christians in Political Science, and the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, was keynote speaker for the Center for Faith and Work annual conference, in New York, N.Y., in 2006.