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Associate Professor of Political Science

Pre-Law Advisor
Co-director Pre-Law Center


  • Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • M.A., Ohio State University
  • B.A., The University of North Texas

Teaching Specialties

  • Introduction to Politics
  • Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil rights & Liberties
  • Criminal Law and the Constitution

Research Interests

  • Law and Society
  • Public Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Judicial Behavior
  • Legal Research
  • Writing & Advocacy
  • Public Administration Theory


Dr. Hans J. Hacker serves as pre-law advisor to the department, college and university. He is the faculty co-sponsor of the ASU Pre-Law Club, and co-director of the Pre-Law Center, a college-level pre-professional advising center. He recently published The Brooding Spirit of the Law (with William D. Blake, Justice Systems Journal, 2010). Other publications include The Culture of Conservative Christian Litigation (Roman and Littlefield, 2005), The Neutrality Principle: The Hidden yet Powerful Legal Axiom at work in Brown versus Board of Education (with William D. Blake, The African American Law and Policy Report, May, 2006) and of various articles and publications in the areas of constitutional law, law and society and public administration.

Currently, Dr. Hacker conducts research into judicial decision making in federal and state appellate courts. His most recent projects examine decision making on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, the certiorari petition process in the Supreme Court of the United States, and retroactive application of statues by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Dr. Hacker's students have gone on to graduate study, to public service, and to nationally ranked law schools. From 2007-2011, Dr. Hacker coached the ASU Moot Court Team.

Hans Hacker

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2257
F: (870) 972-2720


Building: HSS
Room: 3018