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Robin Kundis Craig

University of Southern California

Gould School of Law
Los Angeles, CA90089

ROBIN KUNDIS CRAIG is the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law at the USC Gould School of Law, where she teaches Environmental Law, Water Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Toxic Torts, Civil Procedure, and Administrative Law. Craig specializes in all things water, including climate change adaptation in the water sector; the food-water-energy nexus; water quality and water allocation law; marine protected areas and marine spatial planning; and the intersection of freshwater and ocean and coastal law. She is the author, co-author, or editor of 12 books—including textbooks on Environmental Law, Water Law, and Toxic Torts—and over 100 law or science journal articles and book chapters. She can be reached at

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EPA Region:
Region 9 - (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and certain territories)
Regent status:
Board of Regents
Year of induction:
5/96 J.D. Lewis & Clark School of Law Environmental Law GPA: 4.04/4.00 Portland, OR w/ certificate Rank: 1 Summa cum laude 3/93 Ph.D. University of California English Literature/ GPA: 3.96/4.00 Santa Barbara, California Science & Literature DISSERTATION: Romantic Transformations: The Poetics of Change and History in a Context of Mythography and Science (DAI 54-03/A, 500 pp.) 5/86 M.A. The Johns Hopkins University Writing About GPA: N/A Baltimore, Maryland Science THESIS: The Chemistry of Human Biology 5/85 B.A. Pomona College English/Writing GPA: 3.65/4.00 Claremont, California Cum laude THESIS: Searching with the Monster: English Romanticism and Science
State of Oregon (inactive)
Court Admissions:
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Bar Association • Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Law • Section on Administrative Law American Law Institute (elected member) American Society for Environmental History Association of American Law Schools • Section on Environmental Law • Section on Natural Resources and Energy Law • Section on Maritime Law Association for Environmental Studies and Science International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Commission on Environmental Law Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Sea Grant Law Center
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Chaired Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law (from July 2021) James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law & University Distinguished Professor, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (2012-2021) Attorneys’ Title Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Florida State University College of Law (2006-2012) Associate Professor & Professor of Law, Indiana University—Indianapolis School of Law (2002-2006) Assistant Professor & Associate Professor of Law, Western New England College School of Law (1999-2002) Adjunct & Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark School of Law (Jan. 1998-July 1999) Judicial Clerk, the Honorable Robert E. Jones, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Aug. 1996-July 1998)
Representative Publications:
12 books, including textbooks on Environmental Law, Water Law, and Toxic Torts; over 100 book chapters and articles in both law and science journals focusing primarily on the Clean Water Act, climate change adaptation, resilience, adaptive governance, water law, ocean and coastal law, and the water-energy nexus.
Illustrative Projects:
Re-Envisioning the Anthropocene Ocean (forthcoming 2022) “4°C” (with J.B. Ruhl) (forthcoming late 2021 or early 2022) “A Survey of State Marine Aquaculture Regulation: Coastal States’ Contribution to Food Security” “Native Peoples and the Sea” “Environmentally Beneficial Marine Aquaculture”