Faculty Profiles

Mario Biagioli

Mario Biagioli

Distinguished Professor of Law and Communication
Diploma di Maturita` Classica, Liceo Ginnasio Cicognini (Prato, Italy), 1974
M.F.A. Visual Studies Workshop and Rochester Institute of Technology, 1984
M.A. UC Berkeley, 1986
Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 1989
UCLA Faculty Since 2019

Mario Biagioli is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Communication at UCLA. He was previously a Distinguished Professor in the School of Law, the STS Program, and the Department of History at UC Davis, where he was the founding director for the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, and an Associate faculty member of the Cultural Studies Program and the Critical Theory Program. Prior to UC Davis, he was Professor of History of Science at Harvard. He has also taught at Stanford, the University of Chicago, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), UCLA’s Department of History, and the European University at St Petersburg.

Dr. Biagioli’s scholarship is at the intersection of intellectual property and science and technology studies. He is currently completing a book on the new forms of scientific fraud and misconduct that are spawn by the introduction of metrics of academic evaluation. Other interests include patentable subject matter, the history of the idea/expression divide, and the role of eyewitnessing in science.

A recipient of a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the NSF, the Mellon Foundation, the ACLS, and the Russian Ministry of Science and Education, Dr. Biagioli has been awarded fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford).

Dr. Biagioli received his Diploma di Maturita` Classica from the Liceo Ginnasio Cicognini in Prato (Italy), his M.F.A. from the Visual Studies Workshop and the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Science from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Biagioli has authored and edited eight books, including Gaming the Metrics: New Ecologies of Academic Misconduct (with A. Lippman, MIT Press, 2020); From Russia with Code (with Vincent Lepinay, Duke University Press, 2019); Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (with P. Jaszi and M. Woodmansee, University of Chicago Press, 2011); Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006); Scientific Authorship: Credit and Intellectual Property in Science (with Peter Galison, Routledge, 2003); and Galileo, Courtier (University of Chicago Press, 1993), (translated in German, Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese). His articles have appeared in Nature, Critical Inquiry, Notre Dame Law Review, Trends in Chemistry, KNOW, UC Davis Law Review, Angewandte Chemie, Theory Culture & Society, International Journal of Cultural Property, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science among others.