Professor Coverdale received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the Lateran University. He received his M.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Navarre and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. From 1971 to 1983, he taught History at Princeton and Northwestern Universities.
In 1984, he received his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Antonin Scalia, now Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was an attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, Washington, D.C., before coming to Seton Hall in 1993.
He has published in the area of 19th and 20th Century Spanish history as well as in taxation, administrative law, catholic social thought, and just war theory.