Cal prof has joined DOJ Antitrust Division

Tony West isn’t the only East Bay person taking a high-ranking post in the Obama Administration’s Justice Department.

Carl Shapiro has taken a leave of absence from his post as Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy in the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to become deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

Shapiro brings to the job “a wealth of experience on issues, including patents, intellectual property and licensing, network economics, and unilateral effects in mergers,” according to Justice’s news release.

Since arriving at Haas in 1990, Shapiro served as the Antitrust Division’s Economics Deputy from August 1995 to June 1996, providing economic analysis on antitrust cases including Microsoft, NASDAQ and several mergers. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master’s in mathematics from Cal and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from MIT.

And, look: here he is testifying before Congress yesterday about my industry’s apparent death-spiral! Hooray!

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.