Eugene McCarthy

Eugene McCarthyPhD, University of California, Berkeley
JD, The UCLA School of Law
MA, University of California, Berkeley
MA, The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Springfield
Legal Studies Department
Telephone: (217)206-8343
Office: PAC 336


Eugene McCarthy’s research and teaching are engaged with constitutional law, corporate law, law, culture, and the humanities, legal rhetoric and philosophy, and legal history. His primary intellectual focus is on comprehending and explaining problematic or obscure areas of the law through historical, cultural, and literary texts. He is currently engaged in scholarship relating to constitutional hermeneutics, corporations and the law, the pharmaceutical industry, and the role of special interests in American legal institutions. Eugene earned his PhD in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, his law degree from the UCLA School of Law, and his M.A. in English literature from the Pennsylvania State University. He also practiced as an attorney at one of the nation’s top law firms. Eugene’s current book project investigates the role that nineteenth-century corporate law played in shaping American culture and society.


Selected Publications
“In Defense of Griswold v. Connecticut: Privacy, Originalism, and the Iceberg Theory of Omission,” 54 Willamette Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2018)

“The Pharma Barons: Corporate Law’s Dangerous New “Race to the Bottom” in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” 8 Michigan Business and Entrepreneurial Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2018)

(Review) Clare, Ralph. Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture, Law, Culture and the Humanities 13(1) 173-176, 2017.