Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Patrick Brennan

Patrick Brennan 

Professional Background: 

Patrick McKinley Brennan is Professor of Law at Villanova University, holding the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies. Prior to his position at Villanova, Brennan was Professor of Law and Vice Dean at Arizona State University College of Law. He has been a visiting professor in the Boston College Law School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Robbins Collection of Cannon and Civil Law at UC Berkeley. He has also served as scholar in residence at the Columbus School of Law and at the Catholic University of America, as well as on the committee for Lumen Christi’s initiatives in Catholic social thought. Patrick has published four books and more than seventy articles, book chapters, and essays.



B.A. in Philosophy with honors and distinction, Yale College

M.A. University of Toronto

Ph.D. in Jurisprudence from Boalt Hall at the University of California

Point of Interest:

Patrick McKinley Brennan insists that appeal to the Catholic tradition is essential for understanding the traditions of jurisprudence and governance in the West and has applied the tradition to a wide range of contemporary questions, including sovereignty, equality, authority, the rule of law, constitutionalism, the family, and punishment and forgiveness, as well as topics in administrative law, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, religious liberty and the liberty of the Church, and criminal law. 

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