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James R. Hackney

Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs and Research Support and Professor of Law
University of Southern California, AB 1986
Yale University, JD 1989
Office: 41 Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-4260
Fax: (617) 373-5056

Professor Hackney teaches in the areas of torts, corporate finance, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Hackney was an associate with the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella. He was book review and comment editor of the Yale Law Journal during law school.

Professor Hackney’s research focuses on intellectual history, torts, the mutual fund industry, law and economics, and critical race theory. He is the author of two acclaimed books: Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity (Duke University Press, 2007) and Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (New York University Press, 2012).

Fields of Expertise

  • Corporate Law
  • Economics and the Law
  • Intellectual History
  • Race and Racism and the Law
  • Torts

Selected Works

Selected Articles

“The Enlightenment and Financial Crisis of 2008: An Intellectual History of Corporate Finance Theory,” 54 Saint Louis University Law Journal 1257, 2010

Book Review, “On Markets and Regulation: Richard Posner’s Conservative Pragmatist Evolution” (reviewing Richard Posner’s A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ’08 and the Descent into Depression), 3 Law and Financial Markets Review 539 (2009)

“Ideological Conflict, African American Reparations, Tort Causation and the Case for Social Welfare Transformation,” 84 Boston University Law Review 1193, 2004

“Law and Neoclassical Economics Theory: A Critical History of the Distribution/Efficiency Debate,” 32 Journal of Socio-Economics 361, 2003

“Law and Neoclassical Economics: Science, Politics and the Reconfiguration of American Tort Law Theory,” 15 Law and History Review 275, 1997

“The Intellectual Origins of American Strict Products Liability: A Case Study in American Pragmatic Instrumentalism,” 39 American Journal of Legal History 443, 1995

“A Proposal for State Funding of Municipal Tort Liability,” 98 Yale Law Journal 389, 1988

Selected Chapters

“Oliver Wendell Holmes;” “Charles Sanders Peirce.” Industrialization and Imperialism: 1800-1914, A Bibliographical Dictionary, Bell, ed. Greenwood Press, 2002

“Banking;” “Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;” “Glass-Steagall Act,” The Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and New Deal Vol. 1. Ciment, ed. M.E. Sharpe, 2001

“Duties of Fund Directors Under State Law,” Fund Governance: Legal Duties of Investment Company Directors. Robertson, ed. Law Journal Press, 2005