James G. Hodge Jr.

Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics
Director, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region
Director, Public Health Law and Policy Program

James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, is Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics and Director of the nationally-ranked Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Through scholarship, teaching, and applied projects, Professor Hodge delves into multiple areas of health law, public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. 

Since September 2010, he has served as Director of the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, one of 5 centers nationally funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Since its inception, the Western Region Office has assisted public health lawyers, officials, practitioners, students, and others across 11 states and nationally on over 1,800 claims.  

Professor Hodge is a prolific scholar, having published more than 175 articles in journals of law, medicine, public health and bioethics; 2 books in public health law; 25 book chapters; and guest edited 4 symposium issues in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Jurimetrics, and the Annals of Health Law. He is regularly ranked among the top 10% of authors 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 also hosted ASLME’s Health Law Professors Conference at ASU in June 2012. 

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 and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Charleston (SC) Honors Program.

With others, he has drafted several model public health laws including the Model State Public Health Information Privacy Act, Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, Turning Point Model State Public Health Act, and Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act.

Over his academic career, Professor Hodge has secured (with others) over $9.6 million in external funds for diverse  scholarly and applied projects, including extensive work on:

(1)   Emergency legal preparedness;

(2)   Legal support for the use of health impact assessments in the U.S.;

(3)  Legal frameworks underlying the use of volunteer health professionals in emergencies;

(4)   Compilation, study, and analysis of state genetics laws and policies;

(5)   Historical and legal bases underlying school vaccination programs; and

(6)   International tobacco laws and policies.

Professor Hodge is a national expert on emergency legal and ethical preparedness, obesity laws and policies, vaccination law, and public health information privacy law and policy. His work on these and other topics has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, NBC News, Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union Tribune, and numerous, additional regional newspapers, social media cites, and prestigious journals including Science, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Public Health Reports

He is a prior member of several expert committees of the Institute of Medicine, as well as CDC’s Advisory Committee on Policy, and editorial board member of the UPMC’s journal, Health Security, and the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Professor Hodge also regularly publishes a column on public health law for the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. He advises numerous federal, state, and local governments on public health law and policy issues and has lectured extensively on diverse topics in international locations including Sydney,  Toronto, Barcelona, Geneva, and Dublin.

Before joining the College of Law in 2009, he was Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Core Faculty, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; and Executive Director, Centers for Law and the Public’s Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

Selected Works

Public Health Law in a Nutshell (2nd ed., 2016, 1st ed., 2014, West Academic Publishing).

James G. Hodge Jr. & Sarah Wetter, Federal Communicable Disease Regulation: Balancing Civil Liberties and Public Health, Jurist (January 20, 2017).

Generation Zika, 57 Jurimetrics J. 25 (2017).

James G. Hodge Jr., Alicia Corbett, Sarah Wetter & Kim Weidenaar, Public Health “Preemption Plus”, 45 J. L. Health & Med. 156 (2017).

James G. Hodge Jr. & Lawrence O. Gostin, Reforming Federal Public Health Powers: Responding to National and Global Threats, 317 JAMA 1211 (2017).

James G. Hodge Jr. & Lawrence O. Gostin, Revamping the Federal Common Rule: Modernizing Human Participant Research Regulations, 317 JAMA 1521 (2017).

James G. Hodge Jr. & Leila F. Barraza, Legal Regulation of Sodium Consumption to Reduce Chronic Conditions, 13 Prev. Chronic. Dis. (February 18, 2016).

James G. Hodge Jr., John L. Hick & Dan Hanfling, Zika Virus and the Intersection of Medical and Legal Triage, Jurist (February 18, 2016).

James G. Hodge Jr., Kim Weidenaar, et al., Legal Innovations to Advance a Culture of Health, 43 Law, Medicine & Ethics 904 (2015).

James G. Hodge, Jr. & Doug Campos-Outcalt, Legally Limiting Lies About Vaccines, Jurist (Nov. 17, 2015).

Doctors, Patients, Guns and the Public's Health: Wollschlaeger II, Jurist (Sept. 28, 2015).

Respecting Religious Freedoms and Protecting the Public’s Health, 130 Pub. Health Reports 546 (2015).

James G. Hodge, Jr., et al., Efficacy in Emergency Legal Preparedness Underlying the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, 2 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 353 (2015).



Assistant: Tina George

Curriculum Vitae

B.S., College of Charleston, 1989

J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 1993

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1997