Prof. Hays’s research focuses primarily on constitutional development and politics. His book, entitled State in American Constitutionalism: Interpretation, Authority, and Politics, explores state efforts to influence constitutional meaning outside of traditional legal pathways. Prof. Hays also has written about presidential pardoning power, the permeability of legal institutions, partisan efforts to use the judiciary to stabilize their national coalitions, and law and popular culture with a particular focus on the HBO series The Wire.
Prof. Hays is a regular media contributor and “faculty in residency” at WAMC—Northeast Public Radio.
Introduction to US Politics, Constitutional Law, Law and the Wire, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties