Alex Erwin

Teaching Fellow; Part-time Professor of Practice

Alex Erwin is a Teaching Fellow and Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona.

Professor Erwin's research is primarily focused around wildlife conservation and, more broadly, bridging the gaps between science, policy, and the law. He wants to better understand and affect the American system of wildlife conservation from the ground up: from field work and wet-lab genetics all the way up to congressional acts and court cases. He has first author publications in both peer-reviewed scientific journals and law reviews. His most recent legal article, Hybridizing Law:  A Policy for Hybridization Under the Endangered Species Act, was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) as one of the top environmental policy-relevant articles from 2016-2017.

Professor Erwin received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Genetics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program with a dissertation titled:  Conservation Genomics and Management Implications for Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) and Mountain Lions (Puma concolor). He received his B.S. from Washington and Lee University double majoring in Biology and Biochemistry.

Professor Erwin primarily teaches in the BA in Law program and the MLS program. Courses taught include:  American Common Law System I, American Common Law System II, and Environmental Law. He is also engaged in building new courses and other curriculum focused around merging science and the law.


  • Ph.D. Candidate University of Arizona
    Expected May 2019
  • J.D. James E. Rogers College of Law
    Graduated magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • B.S. Washington and Lee University, Lexington VA
Professor of Practice