Stephen Krason


Dr. Stephen M. Krason is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, Director of the Political Science Program, and Chairman of the Department of Political Science (which includes the Human Life Studies, Humanities and Catholic Culture, Legal Studies, and Political Science Programs). He is also Associate Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the University. He earned his J.D. and Political Science M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds an M.A. in Theology/Religious Education from Gannon University. In 1997, he was the recipient of the University’s “Campus Leadership and Teaching Award.” He joined the University’s faculty in 1986, after serving for three years as Eastern Director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts, Nebraska, the District of Columbia, and certain federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.

He was co-founder (in 1992) and since that time has served as the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and in that capacity is also Publisher of its scholarly journal, The Catholic Social Science Review. He also serves as Director of the Society’s online/tutorial M.Th. program in Catholic Social Thought. He has authored Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; Preserving a Good Political Order and a Democratic Republic; The Public Order and the Sacred Order (whose revised edition Library Journal in 2009 called “an important contribution to Catholic social thought”); and The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic (which was nominated by its publisher, Transaction, for the 2013 J. Willard Hurst Book Prize of the Law and Society Association).

He has also edited or co-edited Parental Rights: The Contemporary Assault on Traditional Liberties; The Recovery of American Education: Reclaiming a Vision; Catholic Makers of America; We Hold These Truths and More: Further Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition; Defending the Family: A Sourcebook; the two-volume Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy; Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System: A Critical Analysis from Law, Ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching; and The Crisis of Religious Liberty: Reflections from Law, History, and Catholic Social Thought. He also authored a short monograph entitled The International Pro-Abortion Rights Litigation Strategy: An Anti-Democratic Secret Plan to Force Legalized Abortion on the World’s Governments, as part of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute’s “White Paper Series.”

He also has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews in such journals and publications as The Catholic Social Science Review, The Social Justice Review, The Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Ethics and Medics, The Review of Metaphysics, Catalyst, The Wanderer, and The Washington Times. He is also a contributor to both American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia and The New Catholic Encyclopedia (2nd edn. and 2012-13 Supplement). He writes a monthly column entitled “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic,” that appears in and The Wanderer, as well as at his blog site ( It comments on current public questions in light of Catholic social teaching. He is also Editor of the “Religion and Society” Book Series of Franciscan University Press. He is also a frequent guest on Relevant Radio. He has been listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest.

For several years, he was a consultant to the Pope John XXIII Medical-Moral Research and Education Center (now the National Catholic Bioethics Center), and has served as Coordinator of the University’s Human Life Studies Academic Minor Program. He helped draw up both the University’s Human Life Studies and the Humanities and Catholic Culture Programs. He is on the Board of Directors of and its companion organization the Parental Rights Foundation and also of the International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute. He also serves on the Boards of Advisors of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and of the Catholic Education Resource Center. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He has drafted or co-drafted and served as counsel-of-record for amicus curiae briefs in Troxel v. Granville and Camreta v. Greene/Alford v. Greene, major parental rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also spoken at continuing legal education programs for lawyers. He has received research grants from Franciscan University, the Earhart Foundation, the Wilbur Foundation, and the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal/Educational Reviewer.

During the 2008-09 academic year, he was a visiting fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He teaches or has taught courses in a number of fields in political science: American politics and government, political philosophy, American constitutional law, and international politics. In the legal studies area, he has taught jurisprudence. He has written and published in many subject areas including: abortion and human life issues, Catholic social teaching, the principles of the American Founding and American political thought, American constitutional law, education, false child abuse allegations, free speech and censorship, liberalism and conservatism, church-state questions and religious liberty, international politics, and American Catholic political history. Choosing the Right College, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s noted college guide, referred to Dr. Krason as being “renowned as a conservative scholar of the U.S. founding and the Constitution.” Dr. Krason is also a member of the James Madison Society, a group of distinguished scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Krason: “A Crisis of Both Justice and Civic Friendship”

Even though the Mueller report seemed to bring an end to the long investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign for something that is not even a federal crime—collusion—the left can’t seem to let it go. Even though they expressed full confidence in Mueller as the investigation went on, they suddenly began to question his credibility after the report seemed to exonerate the campaign and President Trump from wrongdoing.


Krason: “The Proper Response to the College Admissions Scandal”

The college admissions scandal that hit the news a few weeks ago has generated shock, much commentary, and many calling for the heads of the rich and prominent who tried to get special treatment for their offspring. We need, however, to take a sober look at the legal response to this and what the scandal tells us about the state of American higher education.


Krason: “The Exhumation of the Equal Rights Amendment”

Some readers may have noticed the campaign in some states to “ratify” a constitutional amendment proposal that people thought had died almost forty years ago. Remember the Equal Rights Amendment, which was a major feminist rallying point in the 1970s? Proposed by Congress in 1972, after the idea had been kicked around for fifty years, it quickly sailed through state legislatures and seemed destined for an easy ratification.


Krason: “A Coming Mobocracy?”

Various commentators, mostly from the conservative side but also a few sober-minded liberals, are expressing concern that a mob mentality—coming especially from the political left—is taking hold in America.


Krason: “The Illusion of Independent Thinking”

In John G. West’s book of a decade ago, Darwin Day in America, in which he sketches the influence of Darwinian-inspired materialist thinking on a range of subjects, he has a striking chapter showing how all too many academics, teachers, and their supporters in the media tolerate no questioning about any part of evolutionary theory—even by fellow scholars in biology and related fields and even when it is strictly on the grounds of careful scientific analysis.


Krason: “A Catholic Reaction to Trump and the Media”

It is not an overstatement to say that the time of the Trump presidency has been one of protracted struggle between the national administration and most of the media. To be sure, the press and the electronic media have faced off with presidential administrations for a long time.


Krason: “Will the Court Overturn Bad Precedents?”

In his recent book, Nixon’s White House Wars, Patrick J. Buchanan writes about how most of Richard Nixon’s Supreme Court nominees—Buchanan was an aide to Nixon—did not turn out to be the “judicial restraintists” that the thirty-seventh president had hoped for. Buchanan says that has been a problem for Republican presidents generally.


Krason: “The Many Assaults on the Rule of Law”

A central principle of the American Founding—in fact, one that great thinkers have held as central for any democratic republic—is the rule of law. We often hear the phrase that we are a nation in which “the rule of law and not of men” prevails. This is another way of saying that law—applicable equally to everyone—as opposed to whim and arbitrariness is what rules. Yet, one does not have to look far to see the substantial assault on the rule of law from many quarters in our day.


Krason: “A Role for Government that Nobody Thinks About”

A few years ago, as Obamacare was being put in place, Republican governor John Kasich of Ohio suggested that the Christian obligation to assist the poor was a reason for expanding Medicaid in the state. Catholic social teaching does indeed make clear that the state has a role in assisting the needy, but only—in line with the principle of subsidiarity—when there is no other way it can be done. Is that the case with providing access to health care?


Krason: “The Charlie Gard Case Portends a Frightening Future”

The case of Charlie Gard, the British baby afflicted with the rare mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome who a London hospital would not discharge to his parents so they could take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment, brought together a number of increasingly portentous trends and realities that have come to define our age.


Krason: Ideology and the Crisis of Integrity in American Politics

While politics is not known as a field that exactly encourages integrity—though that isn’t inevitable and wasn’t so at the time of our Founding Fathers, who despite imperfections were men of genuine character—the advance of ideological rigidity has substantially pushed it out of the picture. This has come mostly from the political left, as it has taken increasingly uncompromising and unreasonable—even irrational—positions, and the right has simply responded to it.


Krason: Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Trump Executive Order, National Security, And The Imperial Judiciary

The imperial American judiciary has struck again. This time it has taken upon itself the prerogative to enter a domain that historically it shied away from: national security.
A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Washington State stopped the implementation of President Trump’s executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. from seven Islamic-majority countries.


Krason: The Judiciary’s Lawless Response to Trump’s Executive Order

The imperial American judiciary has struck again. This time it has taken upon itself the prerogative to enter a domain that historically it shied away from: national security. A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Washington State stopped the implementation of President Trump’s executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. from seven Islamic-majority countries.


Krason: What Happened to American Liberalism?

In an obscure article entitled “Catholics and Liberals: Decline of Détente,” in America magazine in 1974, the eminent Catholic scholar and historian James Hitchcock discussed a profound change that had occurred in American liberalism and argued that its new thinking put it increasingly at odds with Catholicism.


Krason: Will Donald Trump Be A Good President?

One can obviously never predict in advance whether a newly elected president will be successful. It even becomes difficult to say truly what a “good president” is; the evaluator’s socio-political perspectives typically jaundice his judgement about this.


Krason: Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Thoughts On The Election And Its Aftermath

Much ink has already been spilled about what are the implications, big and small, of the 2016 presidential election. I offer a few thoughts as to its meaning and what we can expect from a new Trump administration.
The election was certainly a rebuke — it’s far from clear if it was a decisive repudiation — of a corrupted elite, especially by non-favored demographic groups that are tired of being stepped on.


Krason: Restoring The Rightful Place Of The Supreme Court In American Government

I hear frequently in this year’s election campaign that Supreme Court appointments should be the key consideration in the choice between the presidential candidates. That’s certainly understandable, and perhaps true. It reflects, however, an unfortunate attitude — widespread and deeply ingrained in the American psyche — that the court is somehow the ultimate, sovereign institution in the United States.


Krason: “1965: The Dawn of Our Current Age.”

Dr. Stephen Krason, professor of political science and legal studies, writes about the significant happenings during and around the year 1965 and their long-term impact on our culture.

Different writers here and there have talked about 1965, fifty years ago, as a year of transition. It was a year in America when trends came into focus, culture was altered, and life changed—politically, socially, culturally, morally, and in the Catholic Church. Perhaps historian James T. Patterson provided the most detailed elaboration on these developments and their implication for the country in his bluntly titled book from a song of the time, The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America.

Read the whole thing at Crisis Magazine.