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Babette E. Boliek

Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law



Areas of Expertise

  • Telecommunications law and policy
  • Net neutrality
  • Antitrust matters
  • Sports telecasts

Dr. Babette Boliek teaches in the areas of contracts, antitrust, corporations and communications law. Her research and writing focuses on the theoretical and quantitative analysis of legal issues in the fields of administrative, antitrust, and communications law with particular emphasis on the effects of regulations on the U.S. telecommunications industry.

Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty, Dr. Boliek practiced corporate law at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman in New York City. While in private practice, she worked primarily with clients in the media and telecommunications industries and her practice areas included mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance.

Full Bio


  • PhD, University of California, Davis
  • JD, Columbia University
  • BA, California State University, Chico

Research and Scholarship


Media Appearances

Professor Boliek earned her BA with distinction from California State University, Chico, her JD from Columbia University School of Law, and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. While at Columbia, she was both a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a John M. Olin Fellow for Law and Economics. Her doctoral and much of her subsequent research focuses on the theoretical and quantitative analysis of legal issues of the U.S. communications industry. Professor Boliek's scholarly research also focuses on issues in administrative, antitrust, and communications and sports law. Professor Boliek clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2009, Professor Boliek served as a Senior Fellow at the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law, where she integrated her background in law and applied economics to analyze media, Internet, and telecommunications issues. Professor Boliek's work at George Mason followed and echoed her experience as a Fellow for the Center for Communication Law and Policy, a joint research venture of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and the Annenberg School of Communication. In addition to her scholarly research at Pepperdine, Professor Boliek is a Visiting Scholar for the American Enterprise Institute and blogs regularly for AEI.org on a variety of technology and telecommunications-related issues.