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 commentator 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. 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 JournalThe 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.