Director of ISPS

Jacob S. Hacker

Resident Faculty Fellow
Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science
Yale University

Office Location: 77 Prospect Street, Room B213
Phone: 203-432-5554


Jacob S. Hacker, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is also a board member of The Century Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, The American Prospect, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network steering committee, and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

An expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, he is the author of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, written with Paul Pierson (Simon & Schuster, 2015); Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, written with Paul Pierson (2010, paperback 2011), The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (2006, paperback 2008), The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002), and The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton's Plan for Health Security (1997), co-winner of the Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is also co-author, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (2005) and has edited three volumes—most recently, Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk: Government, Markets, and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century, edited with Ann O' Leary (2012).

Curriculum Vitae


Books by Jacob S. Hacker

Hacker Pierson American Amnesia

Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper


This timely and topical book is a vigorous defense of government¹s essential role in advancing our health, wealth, and well-being. To get and keep prosperity, the authors argue, you need strong effective government as well as dynamic competitive markets. You need, in a phrase, a "mixed economy” in which the strong thumb of government and nimble fingers of the market each play a vital role. They show that Adam Smith and all of the leading Founders -- Hamilton, Madison, even Jefferson -- understood how vital effective public authority is. And they show that it was precisely because the United States created a mixed economy roughly a century ago that we escaped the widespread poverty, bad health, and limited education of our ancestors. See more...


Hacker Pierson American Amnesia

Hacker Pierson Winner Take All Politics

Hacker (ed.) Health At Risk

Hacker Great Risk Shift

Hacker Great Risk Shift

Hacker and Pierson Off Center

Hacker Divided Welfare State

Hacker Road to Nowhere

Jacob S. Hacker SSRN papers

Jacob S. Hacker SSRN papers