Professor Debora Halbert

Professor Debora Halbert

Professor Halbert is currently serving as Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Policy


I completed my B.A. (1989) and M.A. (1992) at Western Washington University and my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (1996). Upon graduation from UH, I accepted a tenure track job at Otterbein College, a small liberal arts college outside of Columbus, Ohio, where I taught in the Department of History and Political Science for twelve years. Since 1996, I have taught courses across the discipline. I am especially interested courses on technology law and policy, public policy, futures studies, legal studies, environmental politics, and the underlying theoretical foundations for these topics. In 2008, I returned to the Political Science department at UH, where I now teach futures studies, constitutional law, public policy, and law and society.

My scholarship focuses on the politics of intellectual property and I have published two books on the subject, Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Property Rights (Quorum, 1999) and Resisting Intellectual Property (Routledge, 2005). My third book The State of Copyright (Routledge) will appear in 2014. This book investigates the intersection of expanding intellectual property laws, national culture, and the international political economy of intellectual property. Aside from my ongoing work on intellectual property issues, I have an interest in expatriatism and its connection to the nation-state. This project is on-going.