About Jacob S. Hacker

Political Science

Jacob S. Hacker is known for his research and writings regarding health policy, especially his development of the so-called public option. A regular media commentator and policy adviser, he has produced a wide range of popular writings on American politics and public policy, particularly on the evolution and implications of America’s patchwork of laws, regulations, and institutional arrangements.

Professional positions
  • 2002–present: Peter Strauss Family Assistant (2002–2005), Associate (2005–2006), full (2006–2008), and Stanley B. Resor (2009–present) Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Notable publications
  • Hacker, Jacob S., and Paul Pierson. 2020. Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in the Age of Extreme Inequality. New York, NY: Liveright.
  • Hacker, Jacob S., and Paul Pierson. 2016. American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
  • Hacker, Jacob S., and Paul Pierson. 2010. Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
  • Hacker, Jacob S. The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • PhD, political science, Yale University
  • BA, social studies, Harvard University
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