James R. HackneyProfessor of Law and Chief of Staff and Senior Strategy Advisor, Office of President Joseph E. Aoun
University of Southern California, AB 1986
Yale University, JD 1989
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-4260
Fax: (617) 373-5056
In January 2016, Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun appointed Hackney to serve as his chief of staff and senior strategy advisor. Hackney is now managing office operations, presidential events and offering strategic advice.
Professor Hackney teaches in the areas of torts, corporate finance, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics. His 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).
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.
Fields of Expertise
- Corporate Law
- Economics and the Law
- Intellectual History
- Race and Racism and the Law
- Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (New York University Press, 2012).
- Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity (Duke University Press, 2007).
- “Guido Calabresi and the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory,” 77 Law and Contemporary Problems 45 (2014).
- “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,” 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).
- “Oliver Wendell Holmes”, “Charles Sanders Peirce,” in Industrialization and Imperialism: 1800-1914, A Bibliographical Dictionary, ed. J. Bell (Greenwood Press, 2002).
- “Banking”, “Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation”, “Glass-Steagall Act,” in The Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and New Deal Vol. 1, ed. J. Ciment (M.E. Sharpe, 2001).
- “Duties of Fund Directors Under State Law,” in Fund Governance: Legal Duties of Investment Company Directors, ed. R. Robertson (Law Journal Press, 2005).