Regents’ Professor of Law, Professor of Law, Indian Legal Program
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Affiliate Professor, American Indian Studies Program at ASU
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1987)
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (1990)
Rebecca Tsosie teaches in the areas of Indian law, Property, Bioethics, and Critical Race Theory, as well as seminars in International Indigenous Rights and in the College’s Tribal Policy, Law, and Government Master of Laws program. She has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy and cultural rights, and is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism. Professor Tsosie also is the co-author with Carole Goldberg, Kevin Washburn and Elizabeth Rodke Washburn of a federal Indian law casebook. Her current research deals with Native rights to genetic resources. Professor Tsosie annually speaks at several national conferences on tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal rights to environmental and cultural resources.
Professor Tsosie joined the College faculty in 1993 and served as Executive Director of the top-ranked Indian Legal Program from 1996-2011. She was appointed as a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar in 2005 and, before that, she held the title of Lincoln Professor of Native American Law and Ethics. She was named an ASU Regents’ Professor in 2012.
Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, has worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations and serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.