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James G. Hodge Jr.

Contributing Scholar

Professional Profile

James G. Hodge is a Contributing Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the nationally ranked Center for Public Health Law and Policy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (ASU). Through scholarship, teaching, and projects, Professor Hodge delves into multiple areas of health law, public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. Since September 2010, he also serves as Director, Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). The Western Region Office has assisted public health lawyers, public health officials, practitioners, and others nationally on more than 5,300 claims.

Professor Hodge has published more than 290 articles in journals of law, medicine, public health, and bioethics; 2 books in public health law; 25 book chapters; dozens of reports; and guest edited 4 symposium issues in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Jurimetrics, and the Annals of Health Law. He is listed among the Top 20 Most-Cited Health Law Scholars in Web of Science (2013-2017) and is ranked within the top 1% of all downloaded authors internationally in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

As past President of the Public Health Law Association and the Board of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME), Professor Hodge co-chaired the national public health law conference sponsored by RWJF in 2010 and 2014. He hosted ASLME’s Health Law Professors Conference at ASU Law in 2012 and 2022. With colleagues at the California Department of Public Health, he co-chaired the Public Health Law Summit – Western Region in Sacramento, California, in 2017.

Professor Hodge received the 2006 Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy from the American Public Health Association; the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Department of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Charleston Honors Program. He has drafted with others several model public health laws including the Model State Public Health Information Privacy Act, Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, RWJF “Turning Point” Model State Public Health Act, and Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act.

Professor Hodge has secured more than $14 million in external funds for diverse scholarly and applied projects, including extensive work in emergency legal and ethical preparedness, health impact assessments, obesity, and vaccinations. His work on these and other topics has appeared or been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, US News & World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Atlantic, NBC News, CNN, Politico, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Bloomberg News, among others, as well as several journals, including Science, JAMA, NEJM, and AJPH. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was cited or quoted in over 600 print and online media sources.

He has served on several expert committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and he is an editorial board member of Health Security and the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Professor Hodge has lectured extensively in international locales, including Sydney, Toronto, Barcelona, Geneva, and Dublin. Before joining ASU Law, he was Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Core Faculty, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center.