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Associate Professor of Political Science


  • 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 teaches constitutional law and civil right jurisprudence in the Department as well as criminal law, judicial process, legal research, and economic rights jurisprudence. He also teaches courses like “Religion, Speech, and the First Amendment” and “Democracy and Law.”

Dr. Hacker’s current research focuses on innovative teaching techniques in undergraduate public law curricula, including building learning communities in upper division undergraduate courses.

His research has been the basis for two columns in the New York Times, and a segment on CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow. His publications include The Brooding Spirit of the Law (with William D. Blake, Justice Systems Journal, 2010), 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.

From 2007-2019, Dr. Hacker served as Co-director of the Phelps & Womack Pre-Law Center, and coached the award winning A-State Moot Court Team.

Hans Hacker

Contact Information

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


Building: HSS
Room: 3018