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  • Gabriel_PellathyGabriel S. Pellathy, Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus of Politics  

    Aurelius Hall, Room 215

    Expertise: American Government, Criminal Law, American Government, Environmental Law and Policy


    • Ph.D., New York University
    • J.D. (LL.B.), Cornell University
    • LL.M., New York University 
    • M.Sc.(Ed.), Hofstra University 
    • B.A., Columbia College of Columbia University

    Courses Taught

    • PS 222 State and Local Government 
    • PS 150 Government and Business 
    • PS 227 Criminal Law and Process 
    • PS 250 Public Administration 
    • PS 390 Environmental Law and Policy

    A Short Biography

    Dr. Pellathy was the president of the St. Thomas More Society at the Cornell Law School. After passing the New York Bar examination, he worked for the legal department of the Royal Globe Insurance Company in the Wall Street area.

    Deciding to change his career emphasis, he obtained a Social Studies teaching certificate in New York and a Master's degree in education from Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, and taught in private and public high schools. He received a fellowship in the Representative Government Program at New York University and entered the Ph.D. Program in Political Science, receiving a Ph.D. with distinction. He then taught at the University of Cincinnati for several years and in the summer offered courses at the State University of New York campus at Farmingdale, N.Y. He received an offer to teach at Saint Vincent College in 1978 and took it because of his previous Benedictine connections and to be nearer to his and his wife's family in New York.

    At Saint Vincent he has held the positions of Political Science Department chair and the Presidency of the Faculty Council. He is married to the former Emoeke Berecz who teaches Latin, French, and Spanish at Mt. Pleasant (PA) High school. He and his wife have raised seven children.

    Recently, the annual Duquesne Club Spring lectures sponsored by the McKenna School have been named the Dr. Gabriel S. Pellathy lecture series. In addition, Dr. Pellathy’s family has set up a Dr. Gabriel S. Pellathy Law Fund, with proceeds to further pre-law education at Saint Vincent College. Dr. Pellathy is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Citizens and Statesmen: An Annual Review of Political Theory and Public Life, published by the Center for Political and Economic Thought.