University Profiles

Robert Pallito

Robert M. Pallitto, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

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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