University Profiles

Robert Pallito

Robert M. Pallitto, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs

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.

Robert Pallitto is a political science professor at Seton Hall University and a former public interest lawyer. He received his B.A. cum laude from Rutgers University, his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. As a lawyer, he was lead counsel or co-counsel in several precedent-setting New Jersey cases involving public entitlements and housing rights.

Pallitto researches and writes on civil liberties, executive power, constitutional law, critical theory and contemporary political thought. His latest book, In the Shadow of the Great Charter (a study of the Magna Carta's influence on American constitutional law) was published by the University Press of Kansas in March 2015. His previous publications include 2 books: Presidential Secrecy and the Law (Johns Hopkins University Press 2007 -- co-authored with William Weaver), and Torture and State Violence in the US (Johns Hopkins University Press 2011). He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles for the scholarly and popular presses.

Pallitto has also co-authored amicus briefs in several government secrecy cases and comments frequently in the media on law and individual rights cases.


  • 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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