Gabriel J. Michael



Major — International Relations

Minor — Public Policy

I am a fourth year Ph.D. candidate, primarily interested in various aspects of intellectual property, technology, and innovation policy, particularly as it relates to international political economy and development. I first became interested in the topic while working on my master's degree in religion. I am also a fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, where I have worked on state policy issues, including public sector retirement benefits, fiscal policy, and redevelopment. I recently interned at the U.S. Census Bureau as a survey statistician.

I enjoy ballroom dancing, bicycling, working with computers, and reading science fiction. I ride my motorcycle to the office every day, rain or shine.


Current Research

Intellectual property (copyright, patent, trademark, trade secrets, geographical indications, data exclusivity, design rights, plant varieties, etc.); innovation and technology policy; international political economy; international relations.

My dissertation, tentatively titled "To Promote the Progress: Why Do States Create New Intellectual Property Rights?", seeks to understand why similarly situated countries (e.g., highly-developed Western democracies) nevertheless have chosen significantly different policies in certain areas of intellectual property law. Transatlantic differences are explored via several case studies. This research has implications for our understanding of institutional change, as well as our understanding of how new property rights evolve.


M.A., Political Science, The George Washington University, 2012

M.A.R., Religion, Yale Divinity School, 2009

B.A., Government & Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007


"Catholic Thought & Intellectual Property: Learning from the Ethics of Obligation." Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 25, No. 2 (2010).

"Examining Intellectual Property through Socioeconomic Ethical Discourse in Jewish Scriptures." Cultures of Copyright, ed. Danielle Nicole Devoss & Martine Courant Rife, Forthcoming (2013).