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Babette E. Boliek

Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law


Professor Babette Boliek joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2009 and conducts research in the fields of antitrust law, telecommunications, privacy law, and sports law. As an expert in the fields of economics, antitrust law, and communications law, Professor Boliek was selected and served as the Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission from 2018 to 2019, and as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis, Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in 2020 and 2021. Her research is published in academic journals and law reviews such as Boston College Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, and the Review of Industrial Organization. Professor Boliek earned her BA with distinction from California State University, Chico, her JD from Columbia University School of Law, and her PhD 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, has focused on the theoretical and quantitative analysis of legal issues in the U.S. communications industry. 

Professor Boliek is an award-winning teacher at Pepperdine and is a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Professor Boliek has also served as a Visiting Scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law, and 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.  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 law in the State of New York.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • J.D., Columbia University
  • B.A., California State University, Chico


    • Babette E. Boliek, Antitrust and High-Tech: A Tale of Two Mergers, 71 EMORY L.J. 933 (2022) SSRN HeinOnline
    • Babette E. Boliek, Upgrading Unconscionability: A Common Law Ally for a Digital World, 81 MD. L. REV. 46 (2021) SSRN

    Book Chapters

    Popular Press


    Areas of Expertise

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


    • Antitrust
    • Contract Law
    • Corporations
    • Law and Economics
    • Technology and Telecommunications Law