Herbert Hovenkamp

Professor Herbert Hovenkamp

Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair

BA, Calvin College, 1969
MA, University of Texas, 1971
PhD, University of Texas, 1976
JD, University of Texas, 1978


  • 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) (2012 Milton Handler Lecture)
  • 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)

Professor Hovenkamp 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.

Professor Hovenkamp has 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.

In 2008 Professor Hovenkamp received the John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. The award is presented approximately once every three years to "a person or persons for their outstanding achievement in antitrust law, contributing to the protection of American consumers and to the preservation of economic liberty."

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.