Dr. Benjamin James Hoyt

Assistant Professor of Political Science

headshot of benjamin james hoytDr. Benjamin James Hoyt joined Mercer University in 2022 as a visiting instructor of political science and was appointed to the position of assistant professor in 2023. He taught previously at Chapman University. His research deals with applied political theory, the psychology of civic education, and the history of political thought. He teaches courses on American politics and the ethics of law and public policy.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., Political Philosophy: The Idea of Toleration, University of York
  • B.A., History, California State University, Sacramento


Ethics, law and public policy, political theory

Professional Interests

Law, public policy, ethics, realist political theory, American politics, democratic theory, political psychology, and civic education

Contact Dr. Benjamin James Hoyt

(478) 301-2894
Office: Groover Hall, Room 214