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Herbert Hovenkamp

Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair

Professor Hovenkamp is a recognized expert and prolific author in the area of Antitrust law.  He joined the Iowa law faculty in 1986. Before coming to Iowa, Professor Hovenkamp was Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and prior to that he was Instructor, Department of History and American Civilization, University of Texas.

432 Boyd Law Building
Courses Taught: 
Antitrust, Antitrust & Economics, Law in American History, Torts, IP Survey, Introduction to Intellectual Property, and Real Property

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has been the Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Harvard Law School; Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard Law School; Faculty Scholar, University of Iowa; Presidential Lecturer, University of Iowa; and the recipient of the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award.


Professor Hovenkamp's publication include some 100 articles and approximately 50 essays and book reviews, as well as a dozen books. Of these, Enterprise and American Law, 1800-1860 (1991) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association; and Science and Religion in America: 1800-1860 (1978) received the Choice Award. He is the senior surviving author of Antitrust Law (formerly with Phillip Areeda & Donald Turner), currently 22 volumes.

Creation Without Restraint: Promoting Liberty and Rivalry in Innovation (with Christina Bohannan, Oxford Univ. Press, 2012)

An Intellectual History of American Antitrust Law (ed., with Dan Crane, Oxford Univ. Press, 2012)

Innovation and Competition Policy: Cases and Materials (Open Source, 2011-2012)

Tying Arrangements in Oxford Handbook of International Competition Policy (with Erik N. Hovenkamp, Oxford Univ. Press, 2012) (in press)

Markets in IP and Antitrust, 100 Geo. L.J. ___ (2012) (in press)

Competition for Innovation, ___ Col. Bus. L.Rev. ___ (2012) (in press)

Harm to Competition under the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines, 39 Rev. Indus.Org. 3 (2011)

Coase, Institutionalism, and the Origins of Law and Economics, 86 Ind.L.J. 499 (2011)

Coasean Markets, 31 European J.L. & Econ. 63 (2010)

Speaking Engagements: 

2012 Milton Handler Lecture


BA, Calvin College, 1969

MA, University of Texas, 1971

PhD, University of Texas, 1976

JD, University of Texas, 1978