James Hite

Adjunct Instructor



James Hite’s main areas of academic research are the executive and the American vice presidency. Hite’s book, Second Best: The Rise of the American Vice Presidency (2013) covers the historical trajectory of the vice presidency; he also had a trio of articles published concerning the vice presidency and vice-presidential nominees in elections; and his thesis, “The Institutional Development of the American Vice Presidency,” identified the institutional markers of the modern vice presidency. At present, Hite is completing a manuscript on President Franklin Pierce and he is also working on an article on the expansion of the American executive. Hite holds a master’s degree in political science—with a focus on American and comparative politics—as well as a master’s degree in public administration—with a concentration in public policy.