Associate Professor, Legal Studies and American Studies
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
James Ottavio Castagnera, J.D., Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years practicing, writing about, and teaching law. He has been a faculty member at several institutions and a communication director at an R1 university, and is currently a key administrator at Rider University. He also has been a labor lawyer and litigator with a major Philadelphia firm and the general counsel/corporate secretary for the then-largest convenience store chain in New Jersey and for the nation's number one econometric forecasting organization. He has published 18 books, as well as some 50 professional/scholarly articles and book chapters. He has been a frequent commentator in newsletters, newspapers and magazines, and on the Internet. His teaching has taken him to the University of Texas-Austin, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Widener University School of Law. He is commencing his 15th year as Associate Provost and Associate Counsel for Academic Affairs at Rider University, where he also holds the rank of Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics. At Rider he has taught classes in the American Studies, Baccalaureate Honors, and Law & Justice programs. Dr. Castagnera is also the managing director of a freelance-writing company, K&C Human Resource Enterprises.
Dr. Castagnera’s most recent books are Al Qaeda Goes to College (Praeger 2009), Handbook for Student Law (Peter Lang 2010), and Counter Terrorism Issues: Case Studies in the Courtoom (Routledge, scheduled for release March 13, 2013).