Rebecca Tsosie

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

Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Professor Rebecca Tsosie is Regents Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and Special Advisor to the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Arizona. She has extensive experience working with tribal communities across Indian Country and currently serves as appellate judge for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation's Supreme Court and San Carlos Apache Tribe's Court of Appeals.

Professor Tsosie teaches in the areas of property, federal Indian law, and tribal law and policy. In her role as special advisor, Tsosie helps advance diversity and inclusion in academic affairs, working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to advance cultural competency in the classroom and academic affairs. Tsosie's research interests include tribal self-determination within the U.S. constitutional framework, environmental justice for tribal communities, and intellectual property rights to cultural resources. She has previously taught courses across the IPLP curriculum, on federal Indian law, tribal cultural resource law, bioethics, and critical race theory. She is co-author of the federal Indian law casebook American Indian Law:  Native Nations and the Federal System.

Prior to joining Arizona Law, Professor Tsosie was Regents Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. Professor Tsosie, of Yaqui descent, served as the Executive Director of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Indian Legal Program from 1996-2011.

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 FellowshipUniversity 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