Rebecca
Tsosie
Regents' Professor of Law; Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Office Number: 
221
Office Phone: 
5206210121

Biographical Information

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.

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; Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
James E. Rogers College of Law; University of Arizona
2016 - present
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