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Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971
Professor Hanson's primary primary interests lie in the area of political philosophy and American politics. He is especially concerned with the historical development of liberalism in the United States, and with the way in which that development affects prospects for democracy. Federalism is a related concern, and Professor Hanson has investigated the political dynamics of social welfare policy in the American states, as well as questions of equity raised by the wide variation in state programs. His current projects include studies of the impact of welfare reform, evolution of American federalism, and 19th century constitutional thought. Professor Hanson teaches courses on state and local politics in the United States, American political thought, and modern political thought. He is the author of The Democratic Imagination in America (1985), and the co-editor of Political Innovation and Conceptual Change (1989), Reconsidering the Democratic Public (1993), and Politics in the American States (2003). Professor Hanson's articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Publius, and elsewhere. He was a Fellow at the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Palo Alto.