Christopher (Chris) Hammons, PhD

  • Director, Center for Law and Liberty
  • Program Coordinator, Government (BA and Minor)
  • Professor of Government


  • PhD in Political Science, University of Houston
  • MA in Political Science, University of Houston
  • BA in Government, University of Texas at Austin


Courses Taught

  • American Political Thought
  • American Constitutionalism
  • American Government
  • Campaigns & Elections
  • Ancient & Medieval Political Thought


Teaching Focus

His award-winning teaching engages students in a conversation that relates classical concepts and theories to current events and modern politics.

Additional Information

Dr. Christopher Hammons is the Director of the Center for Law and Liberty and a professor of Government at Houston Baptist University. He teaches courses in constitutional history, political philosophy, and presidential politics.

Dr. Hammons received a B.A. in Government and History at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Houston in 1997. He has published works in a variety of places including the American Political Science Review, the Albany Law Review, The Journal of Law & Public Policy, Education Next, the Houston Business Journal, and the Houston Chronicle. He is currently writing a book entitled America’s Constitutional Culture, and his previous book Constitutionalism of the American States was nominated by the American Political Science Association for best book in history and politics.

Dr. Hammons is also active in the policy research field. He has written major research reports on education policy issues including school choice, remedial education, special education, and home-schooling for organizations such as the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Alabama Policy Institute, the John Locke Foundation, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, the Progressive Policy Institute, and the Harvard University Program on Education Policy and Governance, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. His 2000 study on special education (co-authored with Dr. Matthew Ladner) was presented in testimony to the United States Congress. His 2002 work for TPPF was presented to the Texas State Board of Education and was the subject of an NBC Nightly News special segment.

Dr. Hammons is the recipient of several teaching awards and is a strong advocate of a classic liberal arts education, using primary texts in history, philosophy, and politics to teach about contemporary social and political issues. He is a sought after speaker on the American Founding, and has given several presentation in the Houston area on George Washington, the Constitutional Convention, and the American Founding.

Dr. Hammons lives in Sugar Land, Texas with his wife and two children.

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