Robert Hume

Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Robert J. Hume, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science, came to Fordham in 2005. Before joining the Office of the Dean, Dr. Hume served the Political Science department as both Chair (2015-2021) and Associate Chair (2011-2015), and also chaired the A&S Core Curriculum Committee for five years (2013-2018). More recently, Dr. Hume co-chaired the Core Curriculum Revision Pre-Planning Advisory Board and played a key role in the  Transfer Student Task Force and the Working Group on Reimagining the Function and Structure of Arts and Sciences at Fordham.

Hume earned degrees from the College of the Holy Cross (B.A., History) and the University of Virginia (M.A., Ph.D., Politics). An expert on law and policy, Dr. Hume is the author of numerous articles as well as four books:

How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior (Routledge 2009, winner of the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Professional Studies),

Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States (Oxford University Press 2013),

Ethics and Accountability on the U.S. Supreme Court: An Analysis of Recusal Practices (SUNY Press 2017). He is also the author of the textbook , and Judicial Behavior and Policymaking: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield 2018).