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Victor Romero

Victor C. Romero

Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

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Email: 
vcr1@psu.edu
Phone: 
(814) 865-8989
Education: 

J.D., University of Southern California
B.A., Swarthmore College

Professor Romero’s research emphasizes the law's impact on marginalized groups. He is especially interested in borders and boundaries—both legal and cultural—and how these function. He has written on immigration policy and individual rights and analyzed Supreme Court and other federal court opinions through the lens of post-Brown v. Board of Education notions of equality and discrimination. His inquiries also intersect other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, including history, social psychology, critical race theory, cultural studies (e.g., constructing Filipina or Filipino identity), Christianity, and criminal justice. 

An elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), Professor Romero has written two books, co-edited a three-volume anthology, and published over thirty law review articles, book chapters, and essays.  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 Rutgers. 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.

Selected Works

Books

Alienated: Immigrant Rights, The Constitution, and Equality in America (NYU Press, 2005).

Immigration and the Constitution (3 volumes) (co-edited with G. Chin & M. Scaperlanda, Routledge, 2001).

Book Chapters

“The Power of Exclusion: Congress, Courts, and the Plenary Power,” in Compassionate Migration and Regional Policy in the Americas (Steve Bender, William Arrocha & John Shuford, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

“The Criminalization of Undocumented Migrants,” in Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration (Lois Lorentzen, ed., Praeger Press, 2014).

Loving Across the Miles: Binational Same-Sex Marriages,” in Loving in a ‘Post-Racial’ World: Rethinking Race, Sex and Marriage (Kevin Maillard & Rose Cuison Villazor, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012).

“Who Should Manage Immigration—Congress or the States?: An Introduction to Constitutional Immigration Law,” in Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of United States Citizenship (Rachel Ida Buff, ed., NYU Press 2008).

Articles & Essays     

“The Prodigal Illegal: Christian Love and Immigration Reform,” 92 Denver Law Review 917 (2015) (symposium).

“Elusive Equality: Reflections on Justice Field’s Opinions in Chae Chan Ping and Fong Yue Ting,” 68 Oklahoma Law Review 165 (2015) (symposium).

“The Child Citizenship Act and the Family Reunification Act: Valuing the Citizen Child as Well as the Citizen Parent,” 55 Florida Law Review 489 (2003) (symposium).

 “Aren’t You A Latino?: Building Bridges Upon Common Misperceptions,” 33 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 837-849 (Summer 2000) (symposium).

“The Domestic Fourth Amendment Rights of Undocumented Immigrants: On Guitterez and the Tort Law-Immigration Law Parallel,” 35 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 57 (2000).

“Equal Protection Held Hostage: Ransoming the Constitutionality of the Hostage Taking Act,” 91 Northwestern  Univ. Law Review 573 (1997).