Sahar C Abi Hassan Abdul Samad

Assistant Professor of Political Science


At Mills Since 2020


Dr. Abi-Hassan recently earned her PhD in Political Science from Boston University. She has taught courses on American politics, law and society, law and courts, and political methodology. Her research focuses on the behavior of Supreme Court justices, and the groups that lobby them. She has recently finished her dissertation, which examines the influence that inter-group behavior and coalition formation have on judicial behavior. She currently has several papers under review in the Journal of Politics and the Journal of Political Analysis. Her broader interests include the behavior of U.S. political institutions, political analysis, and quantitative political methodology. In her research, she uses the tools of network analysis and maximum likelihood estimation.


  • PhD, Boston University

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2021

Days Times Room
M, W 2:00 pm–4:00 pm by sign-up  

Spring 2021 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
MW1:00 pm-2:15 pmLaw and SocietyGSB 117
MW2:30 pm-3:45 pmLaw and Society
M7:00 pm-9:30 pmPolicy and Economic AnalysisGSB 109

Courses Taught

  • PPOL 093: Law and Society
  • PPOL 118: Women's Leadership in Politics: Comparative Perspectives
  • PPOL 152: American Constitutional Law: Fundamental Freedoms
  • PPOL 210: Public Policy and Economic Analysis
  • PPOL 218: Women's Leadership in Politics: Comparative Perspectives