Susan Sell - Books, drugs and seeds: the politics of access


This work in progress seminar looked at the extent to which intellectual property protection affects access to educational materials and digital media, medicines and medical devices, and germplasm and agricultural biotechnology. It compared transnational access campaigns and offers some insights into obstacles and opportunities for these access campaigns.

About the speaker

Susan K. Sell is a RegNet Professor. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of California – Berkeley. She taught at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate School before joining the George Washington University. There, she was a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. She served as Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington from 2007-2012.

Susan’s research interests include international political economy, trade, economic development, intellectual property, and investment. She focuses on the global governance of public health, food sovereignty, education and climate change.

She has published a number of books, including P_rivate Power, Public Law: the Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights_; this was translated into and published in Chinese in 2007 and in Korean in 2009. With Deborah Avant and Martha Finnemore she co-edited Who Governs the Globe? (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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