Gabriel J. Michael



Major — International Relations

Minor — Public Policy

I received my Ph.D. from GWU in August 2014, and I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate and Thomson Reuters Fellow at Yale Law School.


Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

My primary research interests include the politics of intellectual property, Internet and technology policy, policy diffusion, and cybersecurity. My dissertation compares theories of policy diffusion using a multi-method approach in an attempt to understand the cross-national spread of intellectual property law. Specifically, I examine the spread of pharmaceutical data exclusivity laws, traditional knowledge laws, and fair use limitations and exceptions to copyright using survival regression, interviews, and documents.


Ph.D., Political Science, The George Washington University, 2014

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


“Politics and Rulemaking at the Copyright Office.” Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 64-81 (2014).

"Examining Intellectual Property through Socioeconomic Ethical Discourse in Jewish Scriptures." Cultures of Copyright, ed. Danielle Nicole Devoss & Martine Courant Rife. Peter Lang: forthcoming (2014).

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