University Profiles

Robert Pallito

Robert M. Pallitto, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of MHA Program

Department of Political Science and Public Affairs


Rob Pallitto's first book, co-authored with William Weaver, was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989, I began my professional career as a public interest trial lawyer in New Jersey. After several years of practice, including litigating several precedent-setting cases in housing and welfare rights law, I returned to graduate school for my Ph.D., which I completed in 2002 at The New School for Social Research in New York. I came to Seton Hall University in 2007, and I teach courses here mainly in public law and public administration. I am also the undergraduate pre-law advisor. My research focuses on contemporary political theory and constitutional law. My most recent publication is "The Legacy of the Magna Carta in Recent Detainees' Rights Decisions," PS: Political Science and Politics, 43(3): 1-4 (July 2010). My second book, which is a study of torture in the U.S., will be published in 2011 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., The New School for Social Research
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A. Rutgers College

Academic Distinctions

  • Amicus briefs in Hepting v. ATT (2008) and Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan (2009)
  • Lead counsel or co-counsel in several published court opinions, including B.C. v. NJ Department of Human Services (1993) and L.T. v. NJ Department of Human Services (1994)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers College, 1986



Office Phone
(973) 275-2752


Office Location
Room 565
Jubilee Hall


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