Regents' Professor, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy
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Biographical Information

A recipient of two National Science Foundation grants, Robert Glennon serves as Water Policy Advisor to Pima County, Arizona; as a member of American Rivers Science and Technical Advisory Committee; and as a commentator and analyst for various television and radio programs. He is also a Huffington Post blogger. His book, Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, was published in April 2009. Professor Glennon’s best-known publication is Water Follies:  Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters (Island Press, 2002), which received accolades from Scientific American, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books. Professor Glennon received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Brandeis University. He is also a member of the bars of Arizona and Massachusetts.

Representative Publications

  • Parched in the West but Shipping Water to China, Bale by Bale, Wall St. J., Oct. 6, 2012, at A13 (co-author, with Peter Culp).
  • Solar Energy Plants Deserve More U.S. Land, BloombergBusinessweek (Dec. 2, 2011).
  • Save Habitats by Giving More Land to Solar Power, BloombergBusinessweek (Sept. 6, 2011).
  • Storm Clouds Over Solar Energy?, 25 Solar Today 22 (Apr. 2011).
  • Solar Energy's Cloudy Future, 1 Ariz. J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 91 (2010) (co-author, with Andrew Reeves).
  • Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It (2009).
  • Law and the New Institutional Economics: Water Markets and Legal Change in California, 1987-2005, 26 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 183 (2008) (co-author, with Jedidiah Brewer, Michael A. Fleishman, Alan Ker, & Gary Libecap).
  • Transferring Water in the American West: 1987 - 2005, 40 Univ. Mich. J.L. Reform 1021 (2007) (co-author, with Jed Brewer, Alan Ker, & Gary Libecap).
  • Tales of French Fries and Bottled Water: The Environmental Consequences of Groundwater Pumping, 37 Envtl. L. 3 (2007).
  • Water Scarcity, Marketing, and Privatization, 83 Texas L. Rev. 1873 (2005).
  • Bottling a Birthright?, in Whose Water is it? The Unquenchable Thirst of a Water-Hungry World 9 (Bernadette McDonald & Douglas Jehl eds., 2003).
  • Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters (2002).
  • Complete List of Publications


Brandeis University


Brandeis University
Boston College Law School

Editor, Boston College Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

Boston College

Admitted to Practice


Work Experience

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, <em>Southwest Rivers</em>
2002 - 2004
Counsel, Pima County Home Rule Charter Committee
1997 (Provided legal advice and drafted County Charter for consideration by voters.)
Advisory Board, <em>Western Water Law & Policy Reporter</em>
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, <em>Trout Unlimited</em>'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