Dr. William J. Drake

William J. Drake is Associate Director of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is also a Research Associate of the Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia University ; a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Telecommunications Policy; and a consultant to businesses, think tanks, the United States government, and international organizations. Before coming to Georgetown, Dr. Drake was Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. He also has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's Graduate School of Business Administration; an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow; an Albert Gallatin Fellow in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; a Ford Fellow in European Society and Western Security at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and a MacArthur Fellow in International Security Studies, also at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

Dr. Drake's research is on the political economy and institutional organization of national and global communications and information industries. Particular teaching and research interests include the history of media systems and models, the social construction of the information revolution, telecommunications policy and U.S. national information infrastructure, the historical evolution and contemporary transformation of international communications regimes and multilateral institutions, the transition to a networked global information economy, the Internet, and the global information infrastructure.

Ph.D. Political Science (Columbia University)
M.Phil. Political Science (Columbia University)
M.A. Political Science (Columbia University)
B.A. Political Science ( Northwestern University)

  Selected Publications:

Books and Monographs

Toward Sustainable Competition in Global Telecommunications: From Principle to Practice---Summary Report of the Third Aspen Institute Roundtable on International Telecommunications  (Washington D.C.: Aspen Institute, 1998).

Editor, Telecommunications in the Information Age (Washington D.C.: United States Information Agency, 1998).

Editor, The New Information Infrastructure: Strategies for US Policy (New York: The Twentieth Century Fund Press, 1995).

William J. Drake and the Office of International Affairs, National Academy of Sciences. Summary Report of the Workshop on The Revolution in Information and Communications Technology and the Conduct of US Foreign Affairs (Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press: 1988).


William J. Drake, "The Distributed Information Revolution and the Global Information Society," pp. 6-15; William J. Drake and Arthur Brodsky, "The Telecommunications Act of 1996," pp. 30-37; Robert M. Frieden and William J. Drake, "The Global Information Infrastructure," pp. 74-77; in, Drake, ed., Telecommunications in the Information Age.
William J. Drake and Eli M. Noam. "Assessing the WTO Agreement on Basic Telecommunications," in Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Erika Wada, eds., Unfinished Business: Telecommunications After the Uruguay Round (Washington, D.C.: Institute for International Economics, 1998): 27-61. A shorter version of this paper was published as, "The WTO Deal on Basic Telecommunications: Big Bang or Little Whimper?" Telecommunications Policy 21 (November/December, 1997): 799-818.

"Public Interest Groups and the Telecommunications Act of 1996," in, Herbert Kubicek, William H. Dutton, and Robin Williams, eds., The Social Shaping of Information Highways: European and American Roads to the Information Society (Frankfurt am Main and New York: Campus Verlag and St. Martin┤s Press, 1997): 173-198.

"Introduction: The Turning Point," pp. 1-27; "The National Information Infrastructure Debate: Issues, Interests, and the Congressional Process," pp. 305-344; "Conclusion: Policies for the National and Global Information Infrastructures," , pp. 345-378; in Drake, ed., The New Information Infrastructure.

"Asymmetric Deregulation and the Transformation of the International Telecommunications Regime," in Eli M. Noam and Gerard Pogorel, eds., Asymmetric Deregulation: The Dynamics of Telecommunications Policies in Europe and the United States (Norwood: Ablex, 1994): 137-203.

"The Transformation of International Telecommunications Standardization: European and Global Dimensions," in Charles Steinfield, Johannes Bauer and Laurence Caby, eds., Telecommunications in Transition: Policies, Services, and Technologies in the European Economic Community (Newbury Park: Sage, 1994): 71-96.

"The Internet Religious War," Telecommunications Policy 17 (December, 1993): 643-649.

"Territoriality and Intangibility: Transborder Data Flows and National Sovereignty," in Kaarle Nordenstreng and Herbert I. Schiller, eds., Beyond National Sovereignty: International Communications in the 1990s (Norwood: Ablex, 1993): 259-313.

William J. Drake and Kalypso Nicola´dis. "Ideas, Interests and Institutionalization: 'Trade in Services' and the Uruguay Round," in Peter Haas, ed., Knowledge, Power and International Policy Coordination, a special issue of International Organization 45 (Winter 1992): 37-100. [Also published in book format by the University of South Carolina Press, 1997]

"The CCITT: Time for Reform?" in Reforming the Global Network: The 1989 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (London: International Institute of Communications, 1989): 28-43.

"WATTC-88: Restructuring the International Telecommunication Regulations," Telecommunications Policy 12 (September 1988): 217-233.

Online Syllabi:
CCTP-505 Introduction to Communication, Culture and Technology
CCTP-705 The Transformation of the Global Communications Order

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Phone:      202/687-1722
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