Carol M.
Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources & Professor Emerita of Law
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Biographical Information

Representative Publications

  • Perspectives on Property Law (4th ed. 2014) (co-author, with Robert C. Ellickson & Henry E. Smith).
  • Saving the Neighborhood:  Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law, and Social Norms (2013) (co-author, with Richard R.W. Brooks).
  • Big Roads, Big Rights:  Varieties of Public Infrastructure and Their Impact on Environmental Resources, 50 Ariz. L. Rev. 409 (2008).
  • The Several Futures of Property:  Of Cyberspace and Folk Tales, Emission Trades and Ecosystems, 83 Minn. L. Rev. 129 (1998).
  • Property and Persuasion: Essays on the History, Theory, and the Rhetoric of Ownership(1994). Available at
  • Crystals and Mud in Property Law, 40 Stan. L. Rev. 577 (1988).
  • The Comedy of the Commons:  Commerce, Custom and Inherently Public Property, 53 Univ. of Chi. L. Rev. 711 (1986), reprinted as one of ten best land use/environmental articles of 1986, in 18 Land Use & Envt. L. Rev. 145 (1987).
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University of Chicago

Graduated with honors; Order of the Coif

Ph.D. (History)
Cornell University
University of Chicago
Antioch College

Admitted to Practice

Washington, D.C.

Work Experience

Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources & Professor Emerita of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2016 - present
Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources
James E. Rogers College of Law
2005 - 2016
Lohse Distinguished Visitor
James A. Rogers College of Law
Spring 2003 & 2004
Visiting Professor of Law
New York University School of Law
Spring 2002
Visiting Professor of Law
University of Arizona College of Law
Spring 1997
Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization
Yale University Law School
1994 - 2005
Wallace A. Fujiyama Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
University of Hawaii
Spring 1992
Fred Johnston Chair in Property and Environmental Law
Yale University Law School
1990 - 1994
Distinguished Visiting Scholar
University of Adelaide School of Law, Adelaide, Australia
Summer 1990
Visiting Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Fall 1988
Visiting Professor of Law
University of Chicago School of Law
Spring 1986
Lewis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy
Northwestern University School of Law
1982 - 1989
Visiting Scholar
Rechtswissenschaftliche Facultat, University of Cologne
Summer 1982
Acting Professor of Law
University of California Law School
1980 - 1982
Assistant Professor of Law
Stanford University Law School
1978 - 1980
Law Clerk
The Honorable Thomas Gee, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Austin, Texas
1977 - 1978
Associate Director
Southern Governmental Monitoring Project, Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, Georgia
1975 - 1976
Instructor, Assistant Professor
Department of History, Ohio State University
1969 - 1973


Member, International Association for the Study of Common Property
Member, American Law and Economics Association
Board of Editors, Land Use and Environment Law Review
Board of Editors, Foundation Press


Brigham-Kanner Prize for Scholarship in Property Rights, William & Mary Law School
Honorary Degree, Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1994 - present