Eli M. Noam

Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School since 1976, and its Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility. Served for three years as a Commissioner for Public Services of New York State. Appointed by the White House to the President’s IT Advisory Committee. Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research center focusing on management and policy issues in telecommunications, internet, and electronic mass media. He has also taught at Columbia Law School, Princeton University’s Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School, and the Universities of St. Gallen and Fribourg, and is active in the development of electronic distance education. Noam has published 37 books and over 350 articles in economics journals, law reviews, and interdisciplinary journals, and was a regular columnist for the Financial Times online edition. His recent books include Who Owns the World’s Media (Oxford, 2016); Managing Media and Digital Organization (Palgrave, 2019); Media and Digital Management (Palgrave, 2019); and two textbooks: The Technology, Business, and Economics of Streaming Video: The Next Generation of Media Emerges and The Content, Impact, and Regulation of Streaming Video: The Next Generation of Media Emerges (Elgar, 2021).

He represented his faculty on the Columbia University Senate and was chair of the university Budget Committee and co-chair of the university Benefits Committee.

Noam has been a member of advisory boards for the Federal government’s telecommunications network, and of the IRS computer system, of the National Computer Systems Laboratory, the National Commission on the Status of Women in Computing, the Governor’s Task Force on New Media, and of the Intek Corporation. His academic, advisory, and non-profit board and trustee memberships include the Nexus Mundi Foundation (Chairman), Oxford Internet Institute, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Minority Media Council, and several committees of the National Research Council. He served on advisory boards for the governments of Ireland and Sweden. Noam is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a commercially rated pilot. He served in the Israel Air Force in the 1967 and 1973 wars, and is an active search and rescue pilot with the Civil Air Patrol (1st Lt.). He is married to Nadine Strossen, a law professor and the national president of the American Civil Liberties Union during 18 years. He received the degrees of BA, MA, Ph.D (Economics) and JD from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Munich (2006) and the University of Marseilles (2008). Munich (2006) and the University of Marseilles Aix-la-Provence (2008).

  • Harvard, BA, 1970; MA, 1972
  • Harvard PhD (Economics), 1975
  • Harvard JD, 1975
  • Honorary Doctorate: University of Munich, 2004

Last updated December 21, 2022