Michael E. DeBow
Office: Robinson Hall 239B
Email: medebow@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2434

Michael DeBow joined the Cumberland faculty in 1988. He regularly teaches courses in Property, Business Organizations, Administrative Law, Legislation, and Local Government.

Professor DeBow is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Alabama (1976, 1978). He graduated from the Yale Law School in 1980, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Degrees and Certifications

  • BA Economics, University of Alabama, 1976
  • BA,University of Alabama, 1978)
  • Yale Law School,1980


  • Property Business
  • Organizations
  • Administrative Law
  • Legislation
  • Local Government


  • Happiness and Public Policy: A Partial Dissent (or, Why a Department of Homeland Happiness

    Would Be a Bad Idea), Journal of Law & Politics, 22 (2006): 283-301 (with Dwight R. Lee).

  • Review of Stephen Breyer, Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution, The Freeman

    (November 2006), 44-45, www.fee.org/publications/the-freeman/ 



  • Health Savings Accounts: Consumer-Driven Health Care for North Carolina Public Employees and

    Teachers (John Locke Foundation, December 2005), www.johnlocke.org/

  • Review of Cass Sunstein, The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s Unfinished Revolution and Why We

    Need It More Than Ever, The Freeman (December 2005), 38-39, www.fee.org/publications/the-freeman/