Professor Mark C. Rahdert, a member of the Beasley School of Law faculty since 1984, specializes in the areas of constitutional law, torts, and comparative constitutional law. An award-winning author of two books and dozens of scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects, Professor Rahdert‘s recent work has focused on issues of comparative constitutional interpretation, religious freedom, and federal jurisdiction. He is often called on by local and national media to comment on topics ranging from tort reform and insurance to issues surrounding recent Supreme Court nominations and decisions. A frequent public speaker and panelist both nationally and internationally, he has also published commentary in such periodicals as the National Law Review, the ABA Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Professor Rahdert currently serves as President of the Temple University Faculty Senate.
Professor Rahdert served as I. Herman Stern Professor of Law from 1995-1998, as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1999-2003, and as Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government from 2008-2013. He was law clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court (1979-80) and Judge Murray I. Gurfein of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1978-79). From 1980 to 1984 he was an Associate at the Philadelphia firm of Dechert Price & Rhoads. He is a 1978 graduate (J.D.) of Yale Law School, where he was Note Editor for the Yale Law Journal, and a 1974 summa cum laude graduate (A.B.) of Harvard University. In addition to Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Torts, his teaching interests also include Political & Civil Rights, Federal Jurisdiction, Freedom of Religion, the Supreme Court, Products Liability, Insurance, and Federal American Indian Law.