In January 2016, Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun appointed Professor Hackney to serve as his chief of staff and senior strategy advisor. Professor Hackney is now managing office operations, presidential events and offering strategic advice. 

In the School of Law, 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
  • Torts

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • “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).