Center for Law & Liberty Faculty
Dr. Chris Hammons
Director and Professor of Government
Dr. Hammons is an award-winning professor and sought after speaker. He teaches classes on the American founding, constitutionalism, and political history. He has published scholarly articles in various law reviews and academic journals including the prestigious American Political Science Review. He has also contributed articles to the Houston Chronicle and Houston Business Journal.
Dr. Craig Ferrell
Professor of Law and Criminal Justice
After a long and successful career as a Houston police officer and later as legal counsel to the Houston Police Department, Professor Ferrell joins us as the head of HBU’s Criminal Justice program. His experience and expertise have made him a sought-after speaker and teacher in Houston and throughout the U.S. and Canada on criminal justice issues. He has lectured for the U.S. Department of State’s International Law Enforcement Academy, addressed numerous State Bar and Law Enforcement seminars, and was a guest commenator on the O’Reilly Factor.
Dr. John Tyler
Professor of Law and Jurisprudence
Dr. Tyler teaches classes on Constitutional Law, federal and state courts, legal history, and jurisprudence. He has published award-winning leading articles in the Houston Law Review and Baylor Law Review. He is the recipient of Texas A&M University’s highest teaching award. He holds both a JD and a PhD, and he is board-certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Dr. Steve Jones
Professor of Classics
Dr. Jones is head of the HBU Classics program and teaches a variety of courses on Greek and Roman history and languages. His work at the Center emphasizes the influence of these ancient civilizations on the American Founding and particularly what our Constitution’s framers learned from the rise and fall of these great empires.
Dr. Doni Wilson
Professor of Literature
Dr. Doni Wilson is a professor of English at HBU and an authority on 20th century American literature. She has a particular interest in the works F. Scott Fitzgerald and how literature reflects the dominate political culture of its age. She writes extensively in Houston-area publications such as the Houston Chronicle and Houstonia magazine as a cultural observer. Her doctorate is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Tony Joseph
Professor of American History
Dr. Joseph received his doctorate from Princeton University where he specialized in early American history. He teaches courses on colonial America, the American Revolution, and American legal history. He has conducted extensive research on how early Americans handled the legal issue of abortion, and he teaches a specialty class on the subject as well.
Dr. David Davis
Professor of British History
Dr. Davis has won awards for his teaching and scholarship on medieval and early modern European history. His essays have appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and The American Conservative. His interests focus on the intersection of politics, culture, and religion including British constitutionalism and the development of modern political theories.
Dr. Scott Robinson
Assistant Director and Professor of Government
Dr. Robinson’s primary teaching interests are in political theory and American politics, though he also teaches classes in International Relations and Comparative Government. Dr. Robinson developed and teaches a class on the 2nd Amendment that traces the fundamental right of self-defense from ancient times through the American Revolution and examines key Supreme Court cases dealing with the right to keep and bear arms.