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About Victor C. Romero

Professor Romero's scholarship emphasizes the law's impact on marginalized groups, focusing on the intersection of immigration policy and individual rights. An elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), Professor Romero has published numerous books, chapters, articles, and essays, including Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America. A former advisory board member of Penn State's Africana Research Center, Professor Romero previously served as president of both the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACLU and the NAACP of the Greater Carlisle Area. He has also served as an academic dean at Penn State Law and as a visiting professor of law at Howard and at Rutgers-Camden. More recently, Professor Romero delivered the 2011 Barbara Jordan Memorial Lecture at Penn State and was a featured guest on the public television series, Conversations from Penn State, where he talked about racial politics and immigration law. Upon graduating from USC Law, where he served as an editor of the Southern California Law Review, Professor Romero worked in private practice and as a law clerk to a federal judge in Los Angeles before he began teaching.


2015 Present Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Law
2007 Present Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Penn State Law
2000 Present Professor of Law, Penn State Law
20052007 Maureen B. Cavanaugh Research Fellow, Penn State Law
20052006 Visiting Professor, Howard University Law School
20012001 Visiting Professor, Rutgers School of Law - Camden
19982000 Associate Professor of Law, Penn State Law
19951998 Assistant Professor of Law, Penn State Law

Honors and Awards

  • 1992 National Finalist, Note & Comment Competition, American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects (Scribes). Note selected as one of 18 finalists among over 100 entries.
  • 2006, Elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI).
  • 2007, Appointed Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar.
  • 2011, Delivered Barbara Jordan Memorial Lecture, Africana Research Center, Penn State.


  • Administrative Law
  • Torts
  • Race, Racism & American Law Seminar
  • Immigration Law
  • Equal Protection and Civil Rights
  • Equal Rights
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Constitutional Law I


19891992 J.D., University of Southern California Law School
19841987 B.A., Swarthmore College
19831984 University of the Philippines

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