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Karen Bradshaw

Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography: 

Karen Bradshaw is a Professor of Law and the Mary Sigler Fellow at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She is concurrently a Faculty Affiliate Scholar at the New York University School of Law Classical Liberal Institute and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. 

Bradshaw's research has been featured in media outlets including ForbesFortuneThe Atlantic, BloombergNational Public RadioNPR's Planet Money, The New York Times, and The Arizona Republic. Bradshaw has published over twenty academic articles. She is the author of the book Wildlife as Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights and contributing co-editor of Wildfire Policy: Law and Economic Perspectives. She is an expert on the topics of rights of nature, biodiversity, animal rights, wildlfire, and animal law.

In 2021, Bradshaw was named the Desert Humanities Institute Fellow in recognition of her cross-cutting, interdisciplinary contributions. In 2020, Bradshaw received the 2020 Stegner Young Scholar award, an annual award recognizing an early career environmental law scholar for their accomplishments and promise within the field. Bradshaw’s articles were nationally recognized, through a process of peer-review, as being among the top articles published in the fields of Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Land Use Law, and Natural Resources Law in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Bradshaw graduated with a JD, with honors, from University of Chicago Law School, where she was a law review editor, and the recipient of the faculty-awarded Casper Platt award, Bradley Fellowship, Stout Family Fellowship, and Tony Patino Fellowship. Bradshaw clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the Fifth Circuit and spent two years as a research fellow at New York University School of Law. Prior to law school, she earned an MBA from California State University, Chico and a BS in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar.

Education: 
  • J.D. (Honors), University of Chicago Law School
  • M.B.A. California State University, Chico (executive program for working professionals)
  • B.S. Business Administration, University of California-Berkeley
Publications: 

Books

The New Animal Rights: Saving America’s Wildlife by Uncovering the Biological Origins of Property (University of Chicago Press, under contract)

Wildfire:  Law & Economics Policy Perspectives (Routledge, 2012) (co-editor Dean Lueck).

Articles

Agency Democratic Risk Management, __ B.Y.U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020).

Fragmented Wildlife Habitat, __ Int’l J. Commons __ (forthcoming 2019).

Stakeholder Dynamics in Land Development, __ J. Legal Stud. __ (forthcoming 2019).

Expropriating Habitat, 43  Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2019).

Stakeholder Collaborations, __ Ariz. St. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2019).

Animal Property Rights 89 U. Colo. L. Rev. 809 (2018), excerpted in part in  David S. Farve, Animal Law: Welfare Interests & Rights (Aspen, forthcoming 2019).

Agency Coordination of Private Action: The Role of Relational Contracting 6 Tex. A&M. L. Rev. 229 (2018) (symposium).

Using Takings to Undo Givings 10 N.Y.U. J. L. & Liberty 649 (2017) (symposium).

Settling for Natural Resource Damages 40 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 211 (2016), 40 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 211 (2016), reprinted in 54 Rocky Mnt. Min. L. Fdn. J. (2017), reprinted in Mandarin translation in Chinese Envtl. & Resources L. Rev., 环境资源法论丛 (forthcoming 2019). 

The Short-Term Temptations and Long-Term Risks of Environmental Catastrophism 56 Jurimetrics J. 234 (2016) (with Gary E. Marchant).

Contracting for Control of Landscape-Level Resources, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 2507 (2015) (co-author Dean Lueck).

Information Flooding, 48 Ind. L. Rev. 755 (2015).

New Governance and Industry Culture, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2515 (2013).

Backfired! Distorted Incentives in Wildfire Suppression 31 Utah Envtl. L. Rev. 155 (2011).

A Modern Overview of Wildfire Law 21 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 445 (2010).

Book Chapters

The Role of Norms in Wildfire Suppression, in Wildfire: Law & Economics Policy Perspectives (Routledge, 2012).

Academic Administrators and the Challenge of Social-Networking Websites, in The Offensive Internet (Harvard University Press, 2011) (Saul Levmore & Martha Naussbaum, eds.) (with Souvik Saha).

Works in Progress

Virtual Parceling (with Bryan Leonard)

Other Publications

Stakeholder Collaborations for Managing Land & Natural Resources Report for the Administrative Conference of the United States

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 631Environmental Law
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 631Environmental Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 639Natural Resource Law
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 631Environmental Law
LAW 639Natural Resource Law
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study