Gerardo Con Díaz

Gerardo Con Díaz


Gerardo Con Díaz is a Scholar at C-IP2 and an award-winning historian of digital law.

Professor Con Díaz researches how law and policy have shaped the digital world. His first book is Software Rightsan award-winning history of software patenting in the United States. His next book, on Internet copyright, is under contract with Yale University Press. In a series of articles, he is also investigating the legal histories of medical algorithms, the California oil industry, the U.S. music industry, and Ebooks.

His research is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also been a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy.

He is an Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of California, Davis, and was the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. With Jeff Yost, he edits the Johns Hopkins Series Studies in Computing and Culture. He received a Ph.D. from Yale University and additional degrees from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) and Harvard University.

For a list of Professor Con Díaz’s publications and major awards, please visit his faculty profile. More information is also available on his website,