About Herbert Hovenkamp

Herbert Hovenkamp joined The University of lowa faculty in 1986 as the Ben V. and Dorothy Willie Distinguished Professor in the College of Law. He received his B.A. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned his M.A. in American Literature, his Ph.D. in American Civilization, and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Law School, Professor Hovenkamp began his teaching career at the University of California in the Hastings College of the Law (1980-85); he has also taught in the American Studies program of the University of Texas and in the University of Michigan Law School. His teaching and scholarly interests embrace American legal history, law and economics, and antitrust law, fields to which he has contributed ten books and almost 100 articles, reviews, and shorter pieces. Professor Hovenkamp has been honored by a University of lowa Faculty Scholars Award ( 1988), a Regents Award for Distinguished Faculty Scholars (1990), and a Ul Outstanding Teachers Award (1993). His pathbreaking study of the legal regulation of economic development, Enterprise and American Lclw: 1836-1937, was recognized by the American Historical Association's 1992 Littleton-Griswold Prize as the year's best book in legal history. With Phillip Areeda, Donald Turner, and John Solow, Professor Hovenkamp is co-author of an ongoing multi-volume work on American antitrust law, and he is currently working on a book-length study of Progressive Legal Thought in the United States. He lives in Iowa City with his wife Beverly and sons Arie and Erik.


Read Professor Herbert Hovenkamp's 1995 Presidential Lecture,
"The Mind and Heart of Progressive Legal Thought"