Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Associate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program
Research Interests: Political Theory; Law and Policy; Intellectual Property; Privacy; Data analytics
Dr. Hull received his PhD (2000) from Vanderbilt University. In addition to his appointment in Philosophy and Public Policy, he serves as director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. He works primarily at the intersection of political theory, law, policy and technology. In addition to work on contemporary and historical political thought, he has published extensively on issues in intellectual property and privacy. He is currently completing a book manuscript on intellectual property theory and law, tentatively titled The Biopolitics of Intellectual Property, forthcoming on Cambridge University Press.
Recent and/or Relevant Publications
- (with Frank Pasquale) “Towards a Critical Theory of Employee Wellness,” Biosocieties (forthcoming)
- “The Subject and Power of Bioethics,” Journal of Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (forthcoming)
- “Equitable relief as a relay between juridical and biopower: the case of school desegregation,” Continental Philosophy Review (online first). doi: 10.1007/s11007-016-9372-6.
- “Successful Failure: What Foucault Can Teach Us about Privacy Self-Management in a World of Facebook and Big Data,” Ethics and Information Technology (2015), doi: 10.1007/s10676-015-9363-z
- “Cultural Branding, Geographic Source Indicators, and Commodification,” Theory, Culture & Society 33:2 (2016), 125-45, doi:10.1177/0263276415583140
- “Building Better Citizens: Hobbes against the Ontological Illusion,” Epoche
20:1 (2015), 105-129.
- Know thy Cyborg Self: Thoughts on Socrates and Technological Literacy,” in The Nature of Technology: Implications for Learning and Teaching, eds. Michael Clough, Joanne Olson, and Dale Niederhauser (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2013), 15-34.
- “Of Suicide and Falling Stones: Finitude, Contingency, and Corporeal Vulnerability in (Judith Butler’s) Spinoza,” in Hegel after Spinoza: A Volume of Critical Essays, ed. Hasana Sharp and Jason Smith (London: Bloomsbury/Continuum, 2012), 151-69.
- “Review Essay: Robert Merges, Justifying Intellectual Property (Harvard UP, 2011),” Ethics and Information Technology 14 (2012), 169-77.
- (with Heather Lipford and Celine Latulipe) “Contextual Gaps: Privacy Problems on Facebook,” Ethics and Information Technology 13 (2011), 389-302.
- “Coding the Dictatorship of ‘the They:’ A Phenomenological Critique of Digital Rights Management,” in Ethics and Phenomenology, eds. Mark Sanders and Jeremy Wisnewski (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012), 197-219.
- “Loving Well: Affective Economics in Hobbes, Locke, and Spinoza,” North American Spinoza Society (NASS) Monograph 14 (2009), 19-30.
- “Clearing the rubbish: Locke, the Waste Proviso, and the Moral Justification of Intellectual Property,” Public Affairs Quarterly 23 (2009), 67-93.
- “Overblocking Autonomy: The Case of Mandatory Library Filtering Software,” Continental Philosophy Review 42 (2009), 81-100.
- “Platonism, Spinoza and the History of Deconstruction,” in Theory after Derrida: Essays in Critical Praxis, eds. Kailash C. Baral, and R. Radhakrishnan. New Delhi/Abingdon: Routledge, 2009, 74-99.
- “One View of the Dungeon: Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb between Governmentality and Sovereignty,” International Studies in Philosophy 40:2 (2008), 11-32.
- “Hobbes’s Radical Nominalism,” Epoché 11 (2006), 201-223.
- “Capital sive natura: Spinoza and the Immanence of Empire,” International Studies in Philosophy 37 (2005), 29-48.
- “Hobbes and the Pre-Modern Geometry of Modern Political Thought,” in Arts of Calculation: Numerical Thought in Early Modern Europe, eds. David Glimp and Michelle Warren (St. Martins/Palgrave, 2004), 115-135.
- “Digital Copyright and Pure Law,” qui parle 14 (2003), 21-47.
- “Thoughts on the Fetishization of Cyberspeech and Turn from ‘Public’ to ‘Private’ Law,” Constellations 10 (2003), 113-134.
- “Digital Media and the Scope of ‘Computer Ethics,’” in Virtual Morality: Morals, Ethics, and New Media, ed. Mark J. P. Wolf (New York: Peter Lang, 2003), 17-38.
- “’Against this Empusa:’ Hobbes’s Leviathan and the Book of Job,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (2002), 3-29.
- “Marx’s Anomalous Reading of Spinoza,” Interpretation 28 (2000), 17-31.
- “’Reduced to a Zero Point:’ Benjamin’s Critique of Kantian Historical Experience,” The Philosophical Forum 31 (2000), 163-186.
- “The Jewish Question Revisited: Marx, Derrida and Ethnic Nationalism,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (1997), 47-78.