Political Science Faculty

Michael Hartney

Assistant Professor

Prof. Hartney will be on research leave at Stanford University's Hoover Institution for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.


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: education and social welfare policy, interest groups, subnational politics, and the workings of American political institutions more generally.

His latest publications appear in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, and Public Administration Review and have received subsequent media coverage in The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, Education Week, and U.S. News and World Report. Much of this work has been supported by grants from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Council on Teacher Quality. Hartney is currently at work on a book manuscript that examines the causes and consequences of teacher union political power in the postwar U.S.

Prior to academia, he worked as a policy analyst for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices where he provided technical analysis to governors and other state officials on a wide range of K-12 education issues from teacher and principal quality to high school redesign. Hartney 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.