Faculty Experts - Robert Langran, Ph.D.

Robert Langran, Ph.D.

Robert Langran, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Constitutional Law


Recent and expected changes on the U.S. Supreme Court should make Dr. Langran a sought after source for background on the history, makeup and future direction of the nation's highest judicial body. A specialist on the Supreme Court and constitutional law, Langran has compiled a virtually encyclopedic knowledge of Supreme Court opinions in his half-century teaching career at Villanova. He is an authoritative source on constitutional law issues and their application to everyday society.


  • Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
  • M.A., Fordham University
  • B.S., Loyola University

Selected Publications

  • Langran, Robert W., Drachman, Edward, You Decide! Controversial Cases In American Politics, 2nd edition, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
  • Langran, Robert W., Schnitzer, Martin, Government, Business and the American Economy, 2nd edition, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
  • Langran, Robert W., The United States Supreme Court: An Historical and Political Analysis, 5th edition, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2004 (Seventh edition due Summer 2009).
  • Langran, Robert W., The Supreme Court: A Concise History, Peter Lang Publishing, 2004.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Professor, Department of Political Science, Villanova University since 1959.

About Villanova

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