Dagmar Hamilton, who has a J.D. from the American University Law School, taught American government at the University of Texas for seven years before coming to the LBJ School in 1974. During the mid-sixties, she worked for the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department, and in 1973-74 she served on the legal staff of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Impeachment Inquiry of President Nixon. Prior to that appointment, she worked as research associate and editor for Mr. Justice William O. Douglas in the writing of seven books, including his autobiography, Go East Young Man. During 1987-88 she was the Hart Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary College of Laws, University of London.
Hamilton teaches a core course in policy development, concentrating on such topics as school desegregation, affirmative action, and the ethical problems confronting the individual in the bureaucracy. Her Law School/LBJ School seminar on Justice Douglas focuses on his ideas as applied to current term Supreme Court cases, environmental issues, and foreign policy.