Thomas H. Hammond

Thomas H. Hammond
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Political Science


Thomas Hammond


Thomas H. Hammond is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He joined the MSU faculty in 1984, having taught at Purdue University from 1979 to 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979, and graduated with High Honors in Political Science from Swarthmore College in 1969. In 2002 he was awarded the Herbert A. Simon Award by the Midwest Public Administration Caucus for “significant contributions to the scientific study of bureaucracy.”

Professor Hammond’s main professional interests involve the development of formal models of political institutions. For several decades he has worked on developing theories of bureaucratic hierarchies. Three of his key articles here are “A Social Choice Perspective on Authority and Expertise in Bureaucracy” (American Journal of Political Science, 1985, with Gary Miller), “Agenda Control, Organizational Structure, and Bureaucratic Politics” (American Journal of Political Science, 1986), and “The Impossibility of a Neutral Hierarchy” (Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, 1989, with Paul Thomas). One of his most recent publications on hierarchies is “Learning in Hierarchies: An Empirical Test Using Library Catalogues” (Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2007, with Kyle Jen and Ko Maeda).He is a coauthor (with Jon Bendor) of “Choice-Theoretic Approaches to Bureaucratic Structure” in the Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy, a forthcoming Oxford University Press volume.


  • Hammond, Thomas H., Chris Bonneau, and Reginald Sheehan. 2005. Strategic Behavior and Policy Choice on the U. S. Supreme Court. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Hammond, Thomas H., Chris W. Bonneau, and Reginald S. Sheehan. 2006. “A Court of Appeals in a Rational-Choice Model of Supreme Court Decision-Making,” in Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court, eds. Jon R. Bond, Roy Flemming, and James R. Rogers. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
  • Hammond, Thomas H., and Brandon C. Prins. 2006. “Domestic Veto Institutions, Divided Government, and the Status Quo: A Spatial Model of Two-Level Games with Complete Information, in Democratic Foreign Policy Making: Problems of Divided Government and International Cooperation, ed. Robert Pahre. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hammond, Thomas H., Kyle I. Jen, and Ko Maeda. 2007. “Learning in Hierarchies: An Empirical Test Using Library Catalogues.” Journal of Theoretical Politics 19 (4): 425-463.
  • Hammond, Thomas H. 2007. “Rank Injustice?: How the Scoring Method for Cross-County Running Competitions Violates Major Social-Choice Principles.” Public Choice 133:3-4 (December): 359-375.
  • Hammond, Thomas H. 2007. “Why Is the Intelligence Community So Difficult to Redesign?: Smart Practices, Conflicting Goals, and the Creation of Purpose-Based Organizations.” Governance 20 (3): 401-422.
  • Bonneau, Chris, Thomas H. Hammond, Forrest Maltzman, and Paul J. Wahlbeck. 2007. “Who Controls the Law?: The Majority Opinion Author, the Median Justice, and the Status Quo on the United States Supreme Court.” American Journal of Political Science, 51 (4): 890-905.