Jonathan Hack is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lehigh University. His research explores whether and why the design of judicial institutions shapes judicial behavior, decisions, and political outcomes, particularly at the state level. The politics of judicial selection – how judges are placed and keep their positions on the bench – are central to debates about judicial independence, the administration of justice, and fairness within the court system. Jonathan's work explains the conditions under which modes of judicial selection – whether judges are elected or appointed – influence court decisions and interactions with the legislative branch.
Professor Hack earned his doctorate from The George Washington University and received his B.A. in Government and International Relations from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Previously, Jonathan was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Law School. As a quantitative social scientist housed at a law school, he helped integrate quantitative methods into legal academia, developing accessible ways to teach statistics. Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty, he was the program officer for the Anxieties of Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council.
Professor Hack is commitment to student-centered teaching, finding ways that engage students as active participants, sparking reflective conversations, and considering innovative ways to help students own their education. Jonathan's research is published in several law reviews, the Internation Journal of Public Law and Policy, and is a frequent contributor to blogs and other media outlets.