Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon

Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor Emeritus

Robert Glennon is one of the nation's preeminent experts on water policy and law. The recipient of two National Science Foundation grants, Glennon serves as an advisor to governments, corporations, think tanks, law firms, and NGOs looking to solve serious challenges around water sustainability and planning. Glennon is the author of Unquenchable:  America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It, which has become a go-to resource for environmental policy stakeholders nationwide. Unquenchable received a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is also the author of Water Follies:  Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters. In 2014, Glennon and two co-authors collaborated with the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution to explore solutions to broken federal and state laws that are contributing to worsening water shortages in California and other Western states. Their groundbreaking report, Shopping for Water:  How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West, received widespread national attention and is viewed by many as a game-changer for water policy moving forward. Glennon is a sought-after speaker and analyst, helping reporters and the public understand the current water policy landscape and what we can do to build a sustainable water future. His speaking schedule has taken him to more than 30 states as well as to Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Glennon contributes regularly to national print media including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan, The Diane Rehm Show, C SPAN2’s Book TV, and numerous National Public Radio shows. He has been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, and he was featured in the 2011 feature-length documentary Last Call at the Oasis. Glennon is a Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Brandeis University. He is a member of the bars of Arizona and Massachusetts.


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Representative Publications


  • Ph.D. Brandeis University
  • M.A. Brandeis University
  • J.D. Boston College Law School
    Editor, Boston College Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif
  • A.B. Boston College

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • Massachusetts

Work Experience

  • Regents Professor
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2012 - present
  • Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy
    University of Arizona College of Law
    1997 - present
  • Visiting Fellow
    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
    February - May 2012
  • Visiting Scholar
    University of Western Australia Law School
    February 2012
  • Visiting Professor
    University of Puerto Rico Law School
    Jan. 1998
  • Distinguished Professor
    Kanto Gakuin University, Japan
    Jan. 1996
  • Professor of Law
    University of Arizona College of Law
    1985 - 1997
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    University of Arizona College of Law
    Spring 1985
  • Professor of Law
    Wayne State University Law School
    1977 - 1985
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    University of Minnesota Law School
    Winter & Spring Quarters 1980
  • Fellow in Legal History
    American Bar Foundation
    1976 - 1977
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Wayne State University Law School
    1973 - 1977
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    University of Illinois College of Law
    Fall 1975
  • Crown Fellow
    History of American Civilization Department, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
    1970 - 1973
  • Law Clerk
    Honorable Anthony Julian, United States District Judge, Boston, Mass.
    1969 - 1970

Public & Institutional Service

  • Manuscript Reviewer, University of Chicago Press (2003); Island Press (2003); Aspen Publishers (2003); University of Arizona Press (1998; 2000; 2003); Yale University Press (2002).
    2006 - present
  • Member, American Rivers' Scientific and Technical Advisory Commi
    2006 - 2007
  • Writer-in-Residence, Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes, California
    June - July 2006
  • Water Policy Advisor to Pima County, Arizona
    Oct. 2003 - present
  • Co-principal Investigator (with 2 others), Transaction Costs and Institutional Change: An Analysis of Western Water Law Regarding Transfers from Agriculture to Urban and Environmental Uses
    2003 - 2005 (National Science Foundation grant of $385,000)
  • Trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
    July 2004
  • Co-principal Investigator (with 4 others), Restoring and Maintaining Riparian Ecosystem Integrity in Arid Watersheds
    1999 - 2003 (National Science Foundation and Environmental Protection Agency grant of $849,000)
  • Advisory Board, Southwest Rivers
    2002 - 2004
  • Counsel, Pima County Home Rule Charter Committee
    1997 (Provided legal advice and drafted County Charter for consideration by voters.)
  • Advisory Board, Western Water Law & Policy Reporter
    1996 - present
  • Counsel, Pima County Board of Supervisors
    1992 - 1996 (Represented County in constitutional challenge to Arizona tax statutes.)
  • Consultant, to law firms in Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Kansas City concerning issues of Constitutional Law and Water Law
    1991 - present


  • Regents' Professor
  • Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment, Society of Environmental Journalists
    2010 (for Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It (Island Press 2009))
  • Honorable Mention, Trout Unlimited's List of 11 Must-Have Books Ever Published on the Environment
    2010 (for Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It (Island Press 2009))
  • Mortar Board Citation Award, University of Arizona Mortar Board Honor Society
  • Recipient, Leslie F. and Patricia Bell Faculty Award, James E. Rogers College of Law
    2000, 1999
Water & Natural Resources Law