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Victor Romero

Victor C. Romero

Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar
Professor of Law

SSRN Profile 
Curriculum Vitae

Email: 
vcr1@psu.edu
Phone: 
(814) 865-8989
Principal Office: 
University Park
Education: 

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

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.

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

“A Meditation on Moncrieffe: On Marijuana, Misdemeanants, and Migration,” 49 Gonzaga Law Review 23 (2013-14) (symposium).

“Reading (Into) Windsor: Presidential Leadership, Marriage Equality, and Immigration Policy, “ 23 Southern California Review of Law & Social Justice 1 (2013).

“Our Illegal Founders,” 16 Harvard Latino Law Review 147 (2013).

“Loving Across the Miles: Binational Same-Sex Marriages and the Supreme Court,” in Loving in a ‘Post-Racial’ World: Rethinking Race, Sex and Marriage (edited by K. Maillard & R. Villazor, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012).

“Immigrant Education and the Promise of Integrative Egalitarianism,” 2011 Michigan State Law Review 275 (symposium).

“Decriminalizing Border Crossings,” 38 Fordham Urban Law Journal 273 (2010) (symposium).

“Interrogating Iqbal: Intent, Inertia, and (a lack of) Imagination,” 114 Penn State Law Review 1419 (2010) (symposium).

“Christian Realism and Immigration Reform,” 7 Univ. of St. Thomas Law Journal 310 (2010) (symposium).

Everyday Law for Immigrants (Paradigm Publishers, 2009).