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Faculty Profile

Robert Glennon

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


E-mail:  Robert Glennon
Office Number: 221
Office Phone: (520) 621-1614

Courses Taught:
Topics in Constitutional Law - Law 696N
Water Law - Law 641
The Colorado River in American History (Fridays make-ups) - Law 625B
American Legal History: The Colorado River - Law 625
Arizona Journal for Environmental Law and Policy - Law 624B
Constitutional Law I (Friday make-ups) - Law 606

Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers
Personal Webpage

Biographical Information

NEWS RELEASE:Professor Glennon is the author of UNQUENCHABLE: AMERICA'S WATER CRISIS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT (Island Press 2009).

Deep in the Mojave Desert sits Las Vegas. The desert is a dry, torrid place that can quickly kill a person without water, but in Sin City a torrent of water flows freely in massive fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and casinos. Meanwhile, across the country in places that are not particularly dry or hot, communities, farmers, and factories are struggling to find water, and even running out altogether.

America's self-inflicted water crisis is coming.

In a book that is both frightening and wickedly funny, acclaimed author and expert Robert Glennon has captured the traged-and irony-of water in America. From the Vegas Strip to faux snow in Atlanta, from our supersized bathrooms to mega-farms, from billion-dollar water deals to big time politics and personalities, Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It reveals the heady extravagances and everyday waste that are sucking the nation dry.

Our water woes will get worse before they get better because we are slow to change our ways, and because water is the overlooked resource. It's happening again: Washington's love affair with biofuels will turn to heartbreak once America realizes that thousands of gallons of water are required to produce one gallon of fuel. Glennon tells how a celebrated, new ethanol plant in Minnesota-The Land of 10,000 Lakes!-is already sucking local wells dry.

Glennon argues that we cannot engineer our way out of the problem with the usual fixes or the zany-but very real-schemes to tow icebergs from Alaska or divert the Mississippi River to Nevada. America must make hard choices-and Glennon's answer is a provocative market-based system that values water as a commodity and a fundamental human right.

Island Press is proud to take part in bringing Robert Glennon's thought-provoking expose on our water crisis to light. Unquenchable will illustrate the urgency of this problem and the need for action on multiple fronts to solve it.

Robert Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He is the author of many articles and books, including the acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters.

For more information about this book, see www.islandpress.com/bookstore/details.php?prod_id=1891.


Brandeis University, Ph.D. (1981) History
Brandeis University, M.A. (1972) History
Boston College Law School, J.D. (1969) Editor, Boston College Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif
Boston College, A.B. (1966) English Literature

Admitted to Practice


Professional 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
Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law, 1985 - 1997
Distinguished Professor, Kanto Gakuin University, Japan, Jan. 1996
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

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). http://www.businessweek.com/debateroom/archives/2011/12/_pro_look_at_the.html
Save Habitats by Giving More Land to Solar Power, BloombergBusinessweek (Sept. 6, 2011). http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-09-06/save-habitats-by-giving-more-land-to-solar-power-robert-glennon.html
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


See Curriculum Vitae 

Public Service

Member, Consulting Team to draft water law for Saudi Arabia 2008 - 2009
Member, Pima County Library Internet Policy Committee 2006 - 2007
Julian Simon Fellow, Property and Environmental Research Center, Bozeman, Montana June - July 2006
Member, American Rivers' Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee 2006 - present
Writer-in-Residence, Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes, California July 2004
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)
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)
Counsel, Pima County Home Rule Charter Committee 1997 (Provided legal advice and drafted County Charter for consideration by voters.)
Advisory Board, Western Water Law & Policy Reporter 1996 - present
Advisory Board, Southwest Rivers 2002 - 2004
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
Trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation 1991 - present
Manuscript Reviewer, University of Chicago Press (2003); Island Press (2003); Aspen Publishers (2003); University of Arizona Press (1998; 2000; 2003); Yale University Press (2002).

Institutional Service

Director, Water Law and Policy Initiatives 2004 - present
Member, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center 2003 - present
Member, College of Law Dean Search Committee 2008 - 2009
Chair, College of Law Faculty Personnel Committee 2006 - 2008; 2002 - 2004
Member, College of Law Administrative Review of the Dean Committee 2003 - 2004
Member, College of Law Dean's Advisory and Faculty Peer Review Committee 2000 - 2001
Organizer, College of Law Environmental Restoration Conference 1998 - 1999


Regents' Professor  2012
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, Trout Unlimited'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  2004
Recipient, Leslie F. and Patricia Bell Faculty Award, James E. Rogers College of Law  1999 - 2000


Last Updated: 12/10/2012