Matthew Pauley

Professor, Political Science and Legal Studies


Brownson Hall, 21

Professor Matthew A. Pauley joined the Manhattanville faculty in 2002. A summa cum laude graduate of Williams College, Dr. Pauley received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, where he also taught for over 10 years. He is the author of numerous articles and three books, The President’s Constitutional Oath (University Press of America); Criminal Law: Its Nature and Sources (Griffon House); and most recently Athens, Rome, and England: America’s Constitutional Heritage (ISI). His courses include Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law and Procedure, Common Law, Political Thought, as well as seminars relating law to history, literature, and philosophy. Dr. Pauley is also advisor to the Pre-Law Honor Society.

Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Law
Introduction to Common Law
Honors Seminar I
Criminal Law
Civil Liberties
Introduction to Political Thought
Honors Seminar II

Visiting Faculty

Suffolk University


Visiting Professor of Law

National University of Ireland Galway


Assistant Professor of Law

Southern New England School of Law


Adjunct Professor of Law

Southern New England School of Law


Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Harvard University



Harvard University


Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Harvard University

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
Ph.D., Harvard University
Master of Arts, Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, with honors, Williams College

"Athens, Rome, and England: America’s Constitutional Heritage"

Intercollegiate Studies Institute/Griffon House, 2014


"Government Gridlock in the United States"

The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, ed. By Robert Rycroft (Greenwood Press, forthcoming.)


"Criminal Law: Its Nature and Sources"

Griffon House, 1999


"I Do Solemnly Swear: The President's Constitutional Oath: Its Meaning and Importance in the History of Oaths"

University Press of America, 1999


"The Pinkerton Doctrine and Murder"

4 Pierce Law Review 1, 2005


"Murder By Premeditation"

36 American Criminal Law Review 145, 1999


"The Jurisprudence of Crime and Punishment From Plato to Hegel"

39 American Journal of Jurisprudence 97, 1994


"America's Emergency-Powers' Consensus: 'We The People' And Their Written Guarantee of Safety"

Journal of Policy History, Vol.2, No.3, 1990


"The Forgotten Footlocker Case: A New Rule for Warrantless Searches in Public Places?"

Criminal Justice Section News (Massachusetts Bar Association), Vol.19, No.3 at 3, May 1997