Dr. Luke William Hunt

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Prelaw Advisor



Office: CHBS Building, Room 5311
Phone: 540-831-6367
E-Mail: lhunt8@radford.edu

Personal webpage: lukewilliamhunt.com


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • J.D., University of Tennessee
  • B.A., University of Arkansas

Dr. Hunt joined the Radford University Faculty in 2016.


Luke William Hunt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. His primary research interests are at the intersection of political philosophy, jurisprudence, and criminal justice, and are informed by his professional background. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk for a federal judge in Abingdon, VA. He then worked as an FBI Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in Charlottesville, VA, and Washington, D.C. After leaving government service, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Hunt is the author of The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing (Oxford University Press, 2019), which examines the limits of contemporary police practices given the basic tenets of the liberal tradition in legal and political philosophy.  His recent articles include "The Law in Plato's Laws: A Reading of the 'Classical Thesis,'" Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought, 35.1 (2018); "Norms, Narratives, and Politics," Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 101.2 (2018); "Legal Speech and Implicit Content in the Law," Ratio Juris, 29.1 (2016); "What the Epistemic Account of Vagueness Means for Legal Interpretation," Law and Philosophy, 35.1 (2016); and "The Global Ethics of Helping and Harming," Human Rights Quarterly, 36.4 (2014). Recent conference presentations include work on surveillance discretion at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) annual conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (2018); work on entrapment at the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Chicago, Illinois (2018), and at the ACJS annual conference, Kansas City, Missouri (2017); and work on vagueness and legal interpretation at the APA Pacific Division Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia (2015).

Other writings include "The Possible World Defense: Why Our Current Legal Thinking about Entrapment is Philosophically Suspect" (American Philosophical Association); "Ice Cube and the philosophical foundations of community policing" (Oxford University Press);   "Liberalism and Policing: The State We're In" (In the Long Run, University of Cambridge); and "Informants, Police, and Unconscionability" (Institute of Art and Ideas).