Jacob Hacker

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Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science


77 Prospect Street, ISPS, Room B213
1(203) 432-5554
1(203) 432-3235


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


Jacob S. Hacker is Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. A regular media commentator and policy adviser, he is the author or co-author of five books, numerous journal articles, and a wide range of popular writings on American politics and public policy. His most recent book, written with Paul Pierson, is 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 a best business book of 2016 according to the management magazine Strategy+Business. Previously, the two wrote the New York Times bestseller Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. Professor Hacker is known for his research and writings regarding health policy, especially his development of the so-called public option. He is also a member of the OECD’s High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. He was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.





Areas of Interest:

  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Inequality


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