Art (Arthur) Svenson

Professor, David Boies Endowed Chair of Government
Political Science

Arthur Svenson

Areas of Expertise

  • Physician-assisted suicide

  • Medicinal marijuana

  • Federalism

  • Politics and the art


Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara- Santa Barbara, CA

M.A. University of California Santa Barbara- Santa Barbara, CA

B.A. California State University Fresno- Fresno, CA

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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?


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

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


"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.

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


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.