William S. Comanor is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and also Professor of Health Policy and Management at UCLA where he serves as Director of the Research Program on Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. Dr. Comanor received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1964, and was on the faculties of both Harvard and Stanford Universities before joining the faculty of the University of California in 1975.
Dr. Comanor served as an economist at both federal antitrust enforcement agencies. In 1965 and 1966, he was Special Economic Assistant to the head of the Antitrust Division in the US Department of Justice, and from 1978 to 1980 was Chief Economist and Director of the Bureau of Economics at the US Federal Trade Commission.
During his professional career, Dr. Comanor has studied, lectured, written, and consulted on many issues dealing with antitrust economics, and regularly teaches a course on that subject. He has also testified on antitrust matters before Congressional committees and in courtrooms throughout the United States. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Industrial Organization Society. That award is given annually in recognition of excellence in Research, Education and Professional Leadership in the field of Industrial Organization, which encompasses Antitrust Economics.