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Robert B. Hackey

Office: Howley Hall, Room 203
Phone: (401) 865-2453

Hackey teachingDr. Hackey joined the Providence College faculty in 1999, and currently serves as Director of the Health Policy and Management Program. Since earning a Ph.D. in political science and public policy from Brown University in 1992, Dr. Hackey's professional life has been defined by a strong commitment to both teaching and scholarship. As a specialist in health policy, he strives to bring both his own research and the latest scholarship in his field into the classroom. Prior to joining the faculty at Providence College, he taught at the University of Rhode Island, St. Anselm College, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth; he also served as a visiting professor of political science at Brown University, where he returned as a visiting scholar at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions for a sabbatical leave in 2007. He also worked as a professional health planner and policy analyst for the Rhode Island Department of Health, where he managed the state’s federally funded trauma care system planning program and successfully authored the state's Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMS-C) grant application to the Health Resources and Services Administration in 1993.

His commitment to undergraduate teaching has been recognized by Brown University, where he received a presidential citation for excellence in teaching as a graduate student in 1990, and by the University of Massachusetts, where he was one of 15 faculty recognized in 1999 by President William Bulger for outstanding teaching. Most recently, he received the Joseph R. Accinno teaching award recipient at Providence College in 2008, and later that year, was selected as the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Professor of the Year for the State of Rhode Island. Dr. Hackey teaches the program's required course in Policy Analysis and participates in the program's team-taught senior seminar. He also teaches a seminar on Health Care in Popular Culture and a course on Health Care Reform in America.

Dr. Hackey has published extensively in the field of health care policy. His latest book on the rhetoric of health care reform, Cries of Crisis: Rethinking the Health Care Debate, will be published by the University of Nevada Press in October 2012. In 2001, his co-edited volume The New Politics of State Health Policy was published by the University Press of Kansas. Reviewers hailed  the book as a major addition to the field and a “must read” (Journal of Economic Issues). In 1999, he served as one of two national referees for a series of papers on reforming the individual health insurance marketplace by the Alpha Center, a policy research think tank in Washington, DC. He is the author of Rethinking Health Care Policy: The New Politics of State Regulation (Georgetown University Press, 1998). He has also published a wide range of peer-reviewed articles on state and national health care issues in Critical Sociology, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the Journal of Trauma, Medical Care Review, New England Journal of Public Policy, Outpatient Surgery, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, and Spectrum: The Journal of State Government.

Dr. Hackey is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island. When not on campus, Dr. Hackey enjoys camping, cooking, and NASCAR racing. In his spare time, he is learning to speak French. He is an unapologetic TV junkie, and is a particularly avid follower of Royal Pains, Scrubs, Seinfeld, Storage Wars, and Modern Family. He is also a huge fan of modern art and abstract expressionism, particularly the work of Jackson Pollock. 

Updated June 26, 2012


Class Schedule: Fall 2012

HPM 350 Health Care Reform in America MWF 1:30-2:20

HPM 408 Policy Analysis MWF 11:30-12:20

Office Hours: Fall 2012

Monday 2:30-4pm

Wed & Fri 9-11am



Current Projects

Dr. Hackey will present a paper on "Images of Health and Health Care in the Hunger Games" at the annual meeting of the Far West Popular Culture Association in Las Vegas, NV February 21-24, 2013.

Member, Legislative Commission to Study and Advise on the Need for New Health Care Equipment and New Institutional Health Care Services (RI)

What I'm Reading

Homer, The Odyssey (with my daughter Meg...)

Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy

James Morone and David Blumenthal, The Heart of Power.


Suggested Reading

David Ansell, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital.

Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto.

Ron Suskind, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President.

Barron Lerner, When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine

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