Rebecca Tsosie

Regents' Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program

Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Rebecca Tsosie is a Regents' Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and also serves as Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, is a faculty member for the Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, and she is widely known for her work in the fields of Federal Indian law and indigenous peoples’ human rights. Prior to joining the UA faculty, Professor Tsosie was a Regents' Professor and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. Professor Tsosie was the first faculty Executive Director for ASU’s Indian Legal Program and served in that position for 15 years. Professor Tsosie has published widely on sovereignty, self-determination, cultural pluralism, environmental policy and cultural rights. She teaches in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Property, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Cultural Resources Law. Professor Tsosie is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and the California Bar Association. Professor Tsosie serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and as an Associate Judge on the San Carlos Tribal Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Selected Publications

  • American Indian Law:  Native Nations and the Federal System (7th ed. 2015) (co-author, with Carole E. Goldberg, Robert N. Clinton, & Angela R. Riley).
  • Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples:  Comparative Models of Sovereignty, in Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples:  The Search for Legal Remedies 79 (Randall S. Abate & Elizabeth Ann Kronk eds., 2013).
  • Indigenous Human Rights and the Ethics of Remediation:  Redressing the Legacy of Radioactive Contamination for Native Peoples and Native Lands, 13 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 203 (2015).
  • Complete List of Publications

Education

  • President's Postdoctoral Fellowship University of California, Los Angeles
    1993
  • J.D. UCLA School of Law
    1990
  • B.A. University of California, Las Angeles
    1987

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • California

Work Experience

  • Regents' Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program; Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
    James E. Rogers College of Law; The University of Arizona
    2017 - present
  • Regents' Professor of Law; Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
    James E. Rogers College of Law; The University of Arizona
    2016 - 2017
  • Vice-Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement
    Office of the University Provost, Arizona State University
    2015 - 2016
  • Regents' Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    2013 - 2016
  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist
    Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
    2014 - 2016
  • Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and Inclusion
    Office of the University Provost, Arizona State University
    2014 - 2015
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center on the Future of War,
    School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Arizona State University
    2011 - 2014
  • Faculty Affiliate, Faculty of Philosophy
    School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Arizona State University
    2011 - 2014
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist
    Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
    2011 - 2014
  • William H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    2005 - 2013
  • Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    1998 - 2013
  • Executive Director, Indian Legal Program
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    1996 - 2011
  • Lincoln Professor of Native American Law & Ethics
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    1994 - 1998
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    1994 - 1998
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    1993 - 1994
  • Associate Attorney
    Brown & Bain, P.A., Phoenix, Arizona
    1991 - 1994
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Stanley G. Feldman, Vice Chief Justice
    Arizona Supreme Court, Phoenix, Arizona
    1990 - 1991