Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
Kristen A. Carpenter

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research

University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Phone: (303) 492-6526
E-mail: kristen.carpenter@colorado.edu

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
J.D.   Harvard Law School   1998   cum laude
B.A.   Dartmouth College   1994   cum laude

Bio:

Kristen Carpenter is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Colorado Law School.

Professor Carpenter's research focuses on the legal claims of indigenous peoples, especially with respect to issues of property, religion, culture, and human rights. Her articles have been published in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Fordham Law Review and others. Professor Carpenter is also active in pro bono work on American Indian cultural and religious freedoms. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

At Colorado Law, Professor Carpenter teaches courses in Property, Cultural Property, American Indian Law, and Indigenous Peoples in International Law. Professor Carpenter has been awarded the Provost's Award for Faculty Achievement and the Outstanding New Faculty Award. She served as a director of the American Indian Law Program from 2012-2014 and as Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2011-2013.

Before entering academia, Carpenter clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and was an associate attorney at Hill & Barlow, P.C. in Boston. She gained experience in Indian law as a clerk for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and at the law firms of Fredericks, Pelcyger, Hester & White and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson. Professor Carpenter previously served on the boards of the Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Section and Colorado Indian Bar Association. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an Adviser on the ALI's Restatement of Indian Law Project.


Articles

Indigenous Peoples and the Jurisgenerative Moment in Indigenous Human Rights, 102 California Law Review 173 (with A. Riley) (2014).
Lawyering for Groups: The Case of American Indian Tribal Attorneys, 81 Fordham Law Review 3-8 (with E. Wald) (forthcoming 2013).
Limiting Principles and Empowering Practices in American Indian Religious Freedoms, 45 Connecticut Law Review 387 (2012).
Clarifying Cultural Property, 17 International Journal of Cultural Property 581 (with S. Katyal and A. Riley) (2010).
In Defense of Property, 118 Yale Law Journal 1022 (with S. Katyal & A. Riley) (2009).
Interpretive Sovereignty, 33 American Indian Law Review 111 (2009).
Real Property and Peoplehood, 27 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 313 (2008).
The Interests of "Peoples" in the Cooperative Management of Sacred Sites, 42 Tulsa Law Review 37 (2006).
Contextualizing the Losses of Allotment Though Literature, 82 North Dakota Law Review 605 (2006).
Old Ground and New Directions at Sacred Sites on the Western Landscape, 83 Denver University Law Review 981 (2006).
A Property Rights Approach to Sacred Sites: Asserting a Place for Indians as Non-Owners, 52 UCLA Law Review 1061 (2005).
Considering Individual Religious Freedoms under Tribal Constitutional Law, 14 Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy 561 (2005).
In the Absence of Title: Responding to Federal Ownership in Sacred Sites Cases, 37 New England Law Review 619 (2003).
Beyond the Ethnic Umbrella and the Buffalo: Some Thoughts on American Indian Tribes and Gaming,, 5 Gaming Law Review 311 (with R. Halbritter) (2001).
Interpreting Indian Country in State of Alaska v. Native Village of Venetie, 35 Tulsa Law Journal 73 (1999).

Books and Book Chapters

Human Rights to Culture, Family, and Self-Determination: The Case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (with L. Graham) (forthcoming 2014).
Property and Peoplehood, in THE POWER OF PEOPLEHOOD: REGENERATING INDIGENOUS NATIONS, (J. Corntassel and T. Holm, eds.) (University of Texas Press) (forthcoming 2012).
Individual Religious Freedoms in Tribal Constitutional Law, in THE INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AT FORTY, (K. Carpenter, M. Fletcher, and A. Riley, eds.) (UCLA American Indian Studies Center Publications) (2012).
THE INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AT FORTY, (UCLA American Indian Studies Center Publications) (with M. Fletcher and A. Riley, co-eds.) (2012).
Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association: Challenging the Narrative of Conquest, in Indian Law Stories (C. Goldberg, K.Washburn, and P. Frickey, eds.,) (Foundation Press) (with A. Bowers) (2011).
Repairing Reparations in the American Indian Nation Context, in Reparations for Indigenous Peoples: International and Comparative Perspectives (F. Lenzerini, ed.) (Oxford University Press) (with S. Krakoff) (2008).

Book Reviews

Book Review of Defying the Odds: The Tule River Tribe's Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries by Gelya Frank and Carole Goldberg American Indian Quarterly (forthcoming 2011).
Recovering Homelands, Governance, and Lifeways: Book Review of Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations by Charles Wilkinson, 31 Tulsa Law Review 79 (2005).

Press, Media & Publicity

Law and Disorder on the Reservation | Harvard Gazette | Thursday, November 15, 2012
Navajo Nation Sues Urban Outfitters for Alleged Trademark Discrimination | CNN.com | Friday, March 2, 2012

Courses:

Fall 2014 Cultural Property Law LAWS 6602-001
Spring 2014 Property LAWS 5624-801
Spring 2014 Advanced Topics in American Indian Law LAWS 8725-001
Spring 2013 Property LAWS 5624-803
Spring 2013 Advanced Topics in American Indian Law LAWS 8725-001