Saint Louis University
Joel K. Goldstein
Scott Hall 958


A.B., Princeton University, 1975
B.Phil. (Politics) 1977 and D. Phil (Politics) 1978, Oxford University, Oxford, England on Rhodes Scholarship
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1981


Admiralty Law
Constitutional Law
Federal Courts
U.S. Supreme Court


Constitution Law I & II
Seminar on the Constitution and the Presidency
Seminar on Constitutional Interpretation
Seminar on Justice Brandeis
Joel K. Goldstein
Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law

Joel Goldstein is a highly respected scholar of the Vice Presidency, Presidency, and Constitutional Law, having written widely in all three areas. He is continually sought by national and international media outlets to provide commentary and insight during the presidential campaigns. Click here for a list of interviews from the 2012 election cycle.

Professor Goldstein is perhaps best known for his work on the vice presidency. His doctoral dissertation grew into his first book, The Modern American Vice Presidency: The Transformation of a Political Institution (Princeton University Press 1982). He has written widely on the vice presidency and is frequently interviewed on the subject.

Professor Goldstein received a doctorate in political science at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a note editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school he was a law clerk for Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. of the Federal District Court in Massachusetts, and practiced admiralty law for 12 years at Goldstein and Price in St. Louis.

Professor Goldstein joined SLU LAW in 1994, was associate dean of faculty from 2001-2004 and was awarded the Vincent C. Immel Professorship in 2005. His most satisfying teaching experience came in the seminar on the Presidency and the Constitution, which he taught with the late Thomas F. Eagleton. Over the years, Professor Goldstein has written books as well as numerous chapters and articles on the executive branch, constitutional law and admiralty law for prestigious legal journals.

Professor Goldstein is writing a new book on the Vice Presidency, and is also working on studies of Senator Edmund S. Muskie and Justice Louis Brandeis.