Herbert Hovenkamp

Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair Emeritus

Professor Hovenkamp joined the Iowa law faculty in 1986. Before coming to Iowa, he 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.

Areas of Expertise:

Professor Hovenkamp is a recognized expert and prolific author in the area of Antitrust law. 


Professor Hovenkamp 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.

The Opening of American Law: Neoclassical Legal Thought, 1870-1970 (2015) (honorable mention, Scribes award, ABA)

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)

"Coase," Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, Jurgen Backhaus, ed., 2016)

The Progressive State, 102 Iowa L. Rev. __ (2017) (forthcoming)

Patent Exhaustion and Federalism: A Historical Note, 102 Va. L. Rev. Online 25 (2016) 

The Emergence of Classical Patent Law, 58 Ariz. L. Rev 263 (2016)

Antitrust Balancing, 12 NYU J. L. & Bus. 369 (2016)

Intellectual Property and Competition, in Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property (London: Edward Elgar, Peter Menell, David Schwartz & Ben Depoorter, eds) (2016)

Patent Pools and Related Technology Sharing (in Cambridge University Press Antitrust Intellectual Property and High Tech Handbook (Roger C. Blair and D. Daniel Sokol, eds., 2016) (with Erik N. Hovenkamp)

Inventing the Classical Constitution, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (2015)


BA, Calvin College, 1969

MA, University of Texas, 1971

PhD, University of Texas, 1976

JD, University of Texas, 1978