Political Science Faculty

Michael Hartney

Assistant Professor


Michael T. Hartney joined the Boston College political science faculty in fall 2017. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Politics at Lake Forest College. Professor Hartney’s main research and teaching interests include: state and local government, interest groups, and public policy.

His scholarship has been published (or is forthcoming) in leading academic journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Public Administration Review and has garnered media coverage in the Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Hartney’s forthcoming book (under contract with the University of Chicago Press) examines the causes and consequences of teacher union political power in the United States.

At Boston College, Hartney teaches courses on the politics of education, environmental politics and policy, and US state and local politics. He is also a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG), and, in 2020-21, a national fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.   

Prior to academia, Hartney worked as a policy analyst for the National Governors Association, where he provided technical analysis to governors on a wide range of K–12 education reform issues, from teacher and principal quality to high school redesign. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree, also in political science, from Vanderbilt University.