Arthur Svenson

Professor, David Boies Endowed Chair of Government
Political Science

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Contact

P: 909.748.8600
E: art_svenson@redlands.edu

Office: Political Science, Hall of Letters #329

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Physician-assisted suicide

  • Medicinal marijuana

  • Federalism

  • Politics and the arts

Description of Research

Recent scholarship focuses on both statutory and constitutional questions generated by certain end-of-life policies of American national and state governments. Does the Fourteenth Amendment nationalize a right to physician-assisted suicide? How does the exercise of Congress' Commerce Clause power affect state legalization of physician-assisted suicide and medicinal marijuana? What impact might shifting notions of assisted dying for terminally ill, competent adults have on the Supreme Court's Equal Protection jurisprudence?

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Constitutional Law: National and State Powers

  • Constitutional Law: Liberty and Authority

  • Criminal Procedure

  • War, Terrorism, and the Constitution

  • The Equal Protection Clause

  • The Burger Court

  • The Rehnquist Court

  • Judicial Process

  • Comparative Judicial Systems

  • Public Policy and Administration

  • Congress and the Bureaucracy

  • American Political Thought

  • American National Government and Politics

Degrees Held

  • B.A., California State University, Fresno, 1973

  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979

Previous Teaching Experience

Florida International University, 1979-1981

Professional Experience

Professional violinist: Redlands Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic

Awards and Honors

  • Armacost Award for Faculty Service to Alumni, 2008

  • Centennial Award, 2007

  • David Boies Endowed Chair, 2004

  • Research Award, 2003

  • Mortar Board Professor of the Year, 1992

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, 1983, 1986, 1997

Publications

"Death with Dignity's Emerging Conceit: Could Vacco v. Quill be Losing its Appeal?," La Verne Law Review, 2009.

"Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Supreme Court: A Decade in the Life of a Constitutional Issue That's ‘Not Dead Yet,'" with Susan Behuniak, in Making Sense of Death and Dying, edited eBook, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, 2009.

"The Democratizing Effect of Oral Argument," with Susan Behuniak, The World and I Online, 2006.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue, with Susan Behuniak, Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

"The Last Rites for States' Rights? The Graveside Struggles Between the States and Congress over Physician-Assisted Suicide," Social Science Journal, 2003.

 

Professional Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians, Local 47

Art Svenson is the Faculty Sponsor of the University of Redlands Mock Trial Team and a University of Redlands Prelaw Advisor.

Degrees held

  • B.A., California State University, Fresno, 1973


    M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975


    Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979
 

 

Experience

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise:

Physician-assisted suicide


Medicinal marijuana


Federalism


Politics and the arts

Previous Teaching Experience:

Florida International University, 1979-1981

Professional Experience:

Professional violinist: Redlands Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic

Courses Offered

Constitutional Law: National and State Powers


Constitutional Law: Liberty and Authority


Criminal Procedure


War, Terrorism, and the Constitution


The Equal Protection Clause


The Burger Court


The Rehnquist Court


Judicial Process


Comparative Judicial Systems


Public Policy and Administration


Congress and the Bureaucracy


American Political Thought


American National Government and Politics


Publications

"Death with Dignity's Emerging Conceit: Could Vacco v. Quill be Losing its Appeal?," La Verne Law Review, 2009.

"Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Supreme Court: A Decade in the Life of a Constitutional Issue That's ‘Not Dead Yet,'" with Susan Behuniak, in Making Sense of Death and Dying, edited eBook, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, 2009.

"The Democratizing Effect of Oral Argument," with Susan Behuniak, The World and I Online, 2006.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue, with Susan Behuniak, Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

"The Last Rites for States' Rights? The Graveside Struggles Between the States and Congress over Physician-Assisted Suicide," Social Science Journal, 2003.

Invited Presentations

Awards, Honors, Grants

Armacost Award for Faculty Service to Alumni, 2008


Centennial Award, 2007


David Boies Endowed Chair, 2004


Research Award, 2003


Mortar Board Professor of the Year, 1992


 

Outstanding Teaching Award, 1983, 1986, 1997