Vincent D. Rougeau became Dean of Boston College Law School on July 1, 2011. He
previously served as a professor of law at Notre Dame, and served as their Associate Dean
for Academic Affairs from 1999-2002. He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Brown
University in 1985, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as
articles editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. 

A vocal advocate for change in legal education, Dean Rougeau has led a reorganization in
leadership structure at the law school that supports a more holistic approach to student
services, expands the school’s national and international recruitment of a diverse
student body through the new Associate Dean for External Relations, Diversity and
Inclusion, and enhances the school’s commitment to experiential learning and global
engagement. Opening in fall 2014, BC Law’s Center for Experiential Learning will bring
all the school’s hands-on training programs under one roof, while the new Global Practice
Program will launch opportunities for students in Chile, Australia, France and other
locations around the globe. 

Dean Rougeau is an expert in Catholic social thought. His book Christians in the American
Empire: Faith and Citizenship in the New World Order was released in 2008 by Oxford
University Press. Dean Rougeau’s current research and writing consider the relationship
between religious identity and notions of democratic citizenship and membership in an
increasingly mobile global order. He is currently the leader of a research group on
global migration and cosmopolitanism as part of the Contending Modernities project
sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame, and he
serves as Senior Fellow at the Contextual Theology Centre in London. 

Dean Rougeau’s teaching interests are in contract and real estate law, as well as in law
and religion. He has taught first year contracts, real estate transactions, and seminars
in Catholic social teaching and immigration and multiculturalism. He is a member of the
bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Before entering the academy, he practiced
law at the Washington, DC office of Morrison & Foerster from 1988-1991. 

Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Dean Rougeau was a Senior Fellow at the
Contextual Theology Center (“CTC”) in London and co-founded an effort called “Just
Communities: Christian Witness in a Pluralist Society.” Just Communities was a
partnership among Notre Dame, the CTC, and Magdalen College, Oxford University that
explored the role of religious communities in community organizing and the formation of
democratic citizens in the multi-cultural neighborhoods of East London. He also served as
the director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Law and Government and supervised
the Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy while a member of the faculty. 

Dean Rougeau blogs regularly for Contending Modernities. 

Catholic Social Thought


Multicultural modernity in Montréal, Contending Modernities (2010)


Reforming the Legal Profession through Faith-Based Service Learning for Law Students: Notre Dame's 'Just Communities' Project, Journal of College and Character (2009)

Major curricular reform is long overdue at many American law schools, and the current economic...



Catholic Social Teaching and Global Migration: Bridging the Paradox of Universal Human Rights and Territorial Self-Determination, Seattle University Law Review (2009)

In this essay, I will consider how law, religion, and democratic pluralism revolve around a...



Christians in the American Empire: Faith and Citizenship in the New World Order (2008)

What does it mean to be a Christian citizen of the United States today? This...


Consumer Protection


The Community Reinvestment Act: Questionable Premises and Perverse Incentives (with Keith N. Hylton), Annual Review of Banking Law (1999)

Having just passed the twentieth anniversary of the enactment of the Community Reinvestment Act ("CRA"...


Civil Law


No Bonds but Those Freely Chosen: An Obituary for the Principle of Forced Heirship in American Law, Civil Law Commentaries (2008)

This article explains the history of forced heirship in Louisiana and describes the negative implications...


Social Welfare


Enter the Poor: American Welfare Reform, Solidarity and the Capability of Human Flourishing, Transforming Unjust Structures: The Capability Approach (2006)

Delivered Papers, Periodicals, Book Reviews


Quality of Life: A Review of Martha Nussbaum's Creating Capabilities (2011)

When societal progress is viewed primarily in terms of the overall increase in economic wealth,...


Works in Progress

Steven Shiffin: The Religious Left and Church-State Relations, Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture, Vol. IV, No.1 (2011)

Forthcoming in the Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture, Vol. IV, No. 1


Blog Postings


Muscular liberalism or multiculturalism?, Contending Modernities (2011)


Multicultural modernity in Montréal, Contending Modernities (2010)

Selected Professional Activities

Global Migration, Citizenship, and Catholic Social Teaching, Rockhurst University Visiting Scholar Lecture Series (2013)

Legal Education


Four Ways to Fix Law School, U.S. News and World Report (2013)