Michael G Bennett is a research professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, The Center for Science and the Imagination and the Risk Innovation Lab, as well as a Lecturer in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He was formerly an associate professor on the faculty of the Northeastern University School of Law, teaching courses on (i) the intersection of law, technology and science, (ii) comparative intellectual property law and (iii) contracts. Before that he was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Science, Technology and Society at Vassar College. He has also held teaching and research positions at the University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, Polytechnic University and the University of Virginia, and has served as advisor to several university offices of technology transfer.
Michael’s research concerns intellectual property law regimes, science and technology policy, the intersection of science fiction and political imaginaries, and the societal implications of emerging technologies. His legal consultancy is concentrated on advising artists, engineers, scientists and related organizations on matters of creativity, innovation for societal impact, and best practices for the management of intellectual property-related risks, particularly in the areas of patent, copyright and publicity rights laws. Michael co-founded and co-directed Conduit Technology Partners, a Chicago-based intellectual property consultancy, and continues to advise limited resource academic and artist-run institutions as the principal strategist of The Tiptree Group, a public interest-oriented law consultancy focused on technocultural matters.
As an undergraduate at Florida A&M University, Michael studied physics and mathematics. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Rensselaer.
He aspires to playing a better tennis game (3.5), listening to more Roscoe Mitchell, reading more W. T. Vollman and brewing a perfect pot of Imperial Yunnan tea.
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