Jacob S. Hacker

Professor (Adjunct) of Law

(spring term)

Jacob S. Hacker is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law  and Co-Director of the Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership at Yale Law School and the Stanley B. Resor Professor in Yale University’s Political Science Department; he is also a resident fellow of Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

Jacob S. Hacker

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Harvard College, 1994
Ph.D., Yale University, 2000

Courses Taught

  • Public Leadership and Policymaking

Jacob S. Hacker is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law  and Co-Director of the Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership at Yale Law School and the Stanley B. Resor Professor in Yale University’s Political Science Department; he is also a resident fellow of Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

An expert on American politics and policy, he is the author or co-author of more than a half-dozen books, numerous journal articles, and a wide range of popular writings. His latest book, written with Paul Pierson, is Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality (2020). Previously, the two wrote the 2016 American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper—a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice—and the 2010 New York Times bestseller Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. Hacker is also the author of an influential book on American insecurity (The Great Risk Shift), first published in 2006 and expanded, revised, and reissued in 2019. His 2002 book The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002) was recently awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award of the American Political Science Association, given to a book that has made a lasting contribution to the study of public policy.

A regular policy advisor and expert commentator, Professor Hacker is known for his writings on health policy, especially his development of the so-called public option. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he received the Robert Ball Award of the National Academy of Social Science in 2020 and was inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2021. He is a founding director of the Consortium on American Political Economy (CAPE), established in 2020 with the support of the Hewlett Foundation, and he co-chairs the American Political Economy section of the American Political Science Association since 2022. In the fall of 2022, he was a visiting scholar in Paris at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo). During the summer of 2022, he was the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the U.S. Library of Congress.