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Hannah Simpson

Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methods
  • (979) 845-1410
  • LASB 339
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Hannah Simpson is an assistant professor of political science. She holds a Ph.D from New York University (2017) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2009). From 2017-2019, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. She is interested in historical political economy in general and the political economy of legal institutions in particular.

Representative Publications

Causes, Theories, and the Past in Political Science,” with Sanford Gordon. 2019. Forthcoming in Public Choice.

The Birth of Pork: Local Federal Projects and the Construction of Legislative Majorities, 1791-1860,” with Sanford Gordon. 2018. American Political Science Review. 112(3): 564-579.

Veto Players, Policy Change, and Institutional Design,” with Tiberiu Dragu. 2017. Research and Politics. 4(3): 1-6.

Working Papers:

“Justice for Sale: Political Crisis, Fiscal Exigency, and Legal Development.” (Supplementary) Currently R&R.

“Access to Justice in Revenue-Seeking Legal Institutions.” (Appendix)

“Political Interventions in the Administration of Justice,” with Carlo Horz.

“Allocative Distortions and ‘Effective’ Property Rights Regimes, ” with Catherine Hafer.