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Mario Biagioli


  • Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley, 1989
  • M.A., History, UC Berkeley, 1986
  • MFA, Visual Studies Workshop & Rochester Institute of Technology, 1984


Mario Biagioli is Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Law, and History, and Director of the new Center for Science and Innovation Studies (innovation.ucdavis.edu). Prior to joining UC Davis, he was professor of the History of Science at Harvard, specializing in intellectual property in science. He has also taught at UCLA, Stanford, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).

Research Focus

Legal history, history of science, intellectual property, science and technology studies.

Selected Publications

  • Biagioli, M., Sunder, M., & Chander, A. (2015) “Brands R Us,” in Haochen Sun et al. (Eds.), The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property: Critical Reflections, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 77-92.
  • Biagioli, M. (2014) "Plagiarism, kinship and slavery," Theory, Culture & Society, 31(2/3): 65-91.
  • Biagioli, M., & Riskin, J. (Eds.) (2013) Nature Engaged: Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present, Palgrave-McMillan
  • Biagioli, M., & Riskin, J. (2013) “Witnessing astronomy: Kepler on the uses and misuses of testimony,” in Nature Engaged, New York: Palgrave-McMillan pp. 103-123.
  • Biagioli, M. (2012) "Recycling texts or stealing time? Plagiarism, authorship, and credit in science," International Journal of Cultural Property 19:453–476.


STS 108, STS 20, LAW 274, LAW 209CT


  • ACLS Collaborative Fellowship, 2017-18
  • IFHA Grant, 2014-16
  • GOOGLE Scholar Grant, 2012
  • Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1998
  • Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, 2006