Carolyn Hotchkiss

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Dean
Academic Division: Accounting & Law


Carolyn was appointed Dean of Faculty in December 2010. As Dean of Faculty, she is responsible for faculty recruitment, development, evaluation, and retention. Shes also responsible for developing faculty programs and policies that build a climate of thought leadership, excellence in teaching, excellence in research, and for developing a faculty that meets the strategic needs of the Colleges academic programs. She is the voice of the faculty in discussions that develop and implement the Colleges institutional strategies.

Professor Hotchkiss joined the Babson faculty in January 1986, and has taught core law and ethics courses and electives in International Business Law and in Public International Law.

In 2000, she was awarded the Charles M. Hewitt award for teaching excellence by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In 2005, she received the Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching in the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Professor Hotchkiss scholarly interests are in the areas of international law and the impact of new technologies on law and business. She has written extensively in these areas, including articles on international commercial law, corruption in international business, and global intellectual property issues, especially those involving digital technologies. She is the author of International Law for Business (McGraw-Hill, 1994), and is a contributing author to several textbooks on Business Law.

Before joining the faculty at Babson, Professor Hotchkiss practiced law in New York, with the firm of Webster & Sheffield, was in-house counsel to Pratt Institute and Mount Holyoke College, and taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Western New England College of Law. She is a member of the Bar in New York and Massachusetts, and active in a variety of professional associations.

Academic Degrees

  • JD, Columbia University School of Law
  • BA, Mount Holyoke College

Academic Interests

Business Law; International Law; Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Higher Education

Awards & Honors

  • 2005 — Deans Award for Teaching Excellence in the Graduate Programs, Babson College


Book Chapter

  • Crittenden, V.L., Hotchkiss, C. (2015). Academic Scholarship: A Stakeholder Analysis: Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom. Page: 3-14. Emerald Group Publishing.

Journal Article

  • Hotchkiss, C. (2010). The CISG After Medellin: The Supreme Court and Self-Executing Treaties. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Review. Vol: 43, Page: 61-76.
  • Hotchkiss, C. (2003). New Developments in Global Trademark Protection: The U.S. Adopts the Madrid Protocol. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Review.
  • Hotchkiss, C. (2003). Web Site Creation as an Active Learning Strategy in Business Law Classes. Journal of Legal Studies Education.


  • Notes from the Dark SideHotchkiss, C. NARBLA Annual Meeting, Wellesley Massachusetts (2017)
  • From Compliance to Culture: Wellness in an Aging WorkforceHotchkiss, C. NEEIA Annual Risk Management Safety Meeting, Worcester Massachusetts (2016)
  • Using Technology to Enhance the Learning ExperienceHotchkiss, C. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Seattle WA (2014)
  • Title IX and Academic Freedom in the College and University Classroom: Coexistence or Conflict?Hotchkiss, C. Kirschner, C. Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Annual Conference , Seattle, WA (2014)
  • From Insights to ActionEngaging Boomers and Gen YHotchkiss, C. TIAA-CREF National Forum, Tucson AZ (2014)
  • Transitions to LeadershipHotchkiss, C. Emerging Women Leaders Program, Wellesley, MA (2013)
  • Cultural Dimensions of Ethical LeadershipHotchkiss, C. Global Leadership Seminar Series, Storrs, CT (2013)
  • The Founders Dilemma: Ethical Leadership for EntrepreneursHotchkiss, C. , (2013)
  • Motivating the Reluctant RetireeHotchkiss, C. TIAA-CREF Conference, Waltham, MA (2013)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices 2007: Is the Glass Half Full?Hotchkiss, C. 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Indianapolis, Indiana (2007)
  • Dont Leave Home without Them: Leadership and Ethics in the Global EconomyHotchkiss, C. Olin College, Babson College, and Wellesley College Leadership and Ethics Series, Wellesley, Massachusetts (2006)
  • The Podcast as an Educational Tool: A Modest Experiment with New TechnologyHotchkiss, C. North Atlantic Business Law Association Meeting, Wellesley, Massachusetts (2006)
  • Free Trade Agreements and Copyright Law: Closing the Door to Legislative Change?Hotchkiss, C. 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Ottawa, Canada (2004)
  • Conserving the Public Domain: Shortening the Reach of Copyright LawHotchkiss, C. 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Nashville, Tennessee (2003)