Richard Alexander Izquierdo
Assistant Professor & Pre-Law Advisor
Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
Richard Alexander Izquierdo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Law at Seton Hall University. His scholarship and teaching focus on various areas of constitutional law, including presidential constructions of constitutional regimes, the nature and development of liberty rights throughout constitutional history, and the influence of various legal, political, and academic movements on constitutional interpretation in the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to constitutional law, he has an interest in contract law and contract theory. Within political science, his research focuses on the American presidency, political party realignments, and American political development.
Richard earned his Ph.D. in political science at Stanford University, concentrating within the subfields of American Politics, Political Theory, and Public Law. His dissertation was entitled: Rethinking Presidential Constructions of Constitutional Regimes. It provided a new theory of Article II executive authority in order to assess how presidents have constructed distinct constitutional regimes during national crises without overturning the original 1787 Constitution. He is currently publishing his dissertation into a book while also writing about "The Other Switch in Time" that occurred following the New Deal Revolution on the Supreme Court in 1937. He has published his scholarship in law and political science journals produced by the University of Virginia School of Law, William & Mary Law School, and the University of Chicago.
Before joining the faculty at Seton Hall, Richard lectured at Georgetown Law in the areas constitutional law and contract law, completing a two-year appointment as the 2013-15 Fellow at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. Before that, Richard was the 2012-13 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Department of Politics at Princeton University.
While completing his dissertation at Stanford, he served as a teaching assistant to Professor Lawrence Friedman of the Stanford Law School, as well as Professor Morris Fiorina within the Political Science Department. At the same time, he taught various courses within public law, American politics, and political philosophy at Santa Clara University. Before pursuing an academic career, Richard practiced law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City from 1999 - 2003. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University (New Brunswick).
Richard's interests include: Whit Stillman films, Tom Wolfe novels, California wine country, distance running, and the music of New Order and the Smiths. Richard is a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions and has followed every World Cup since 1982.
- Ph.D., Stanford University
- M.A., Standford University
- J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
- B.A., Rutgers University (Rutgers College, New Brunswick)
- The Architecture of Constitutional Time, 23 WM. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1089 (2015)
- The American Presidency and the Logic of Constitutional Renewal: Pricing in Institutions and Historical Context from the Beginning, 28 J.L. & Pol. 272 (2013)
- Presidential Constructions of American Constitutional Regimes [forthcoming]
- The “Other” Switch in Time [forthcoming]
- 2013-2015 Fellow, Visiting Lecturer, Center for the Constitution, Georgetown Law Center
- 2012-2013 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Politics, Princeton University
- Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York City
- Member of the New York State Bar, First Division
- Research Assistant to Professor Eric Posner for Law and Social Norms
- Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Henry Rutgers Scholar, Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar
Constitutional Law · The Presidency · American Political Development · Political Party Realignments · American Political Thought · Contract Law · Legal Theory · Early Modern Political Philosophy · Campaigns/Elections · Separation of Powers