Carol M. Rose

Carol M. Rose

Professor of Law Emerita and Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources Emerita

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

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). 
  • 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).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. University of Chicago
    Graduated with honors; Order of the Coif
  • Ph.D. (History)Cornell University
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • B.A. Antioch College

Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois
  • 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