Kristen Carpenter

Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law

Fall 2016


Kristen Carpenter is Council Tree Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, where her teaching, research, and community work focus on the legal claims of indigenous peoples, especially with respect to issues of property, religion, culture, and human rights. Her work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Texas Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and others. She is an Executive Editor on Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and a co-author of Getches et al., Federal Indian Law. Professor Carpenter is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

Before entering academia, Professor Carpenter clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and was an attorney at Hill & Barlow, P.C., in Boston. She has worked for Indian tribes both in-house and at law firms in Alaska and Colorado, and continues to maintain an active pro bono practice, collaborating with the Native American Rights Fund, tribes, and other organizations on matters in federal and international venues.

At the University of Colorado, Professor Carpenter has served as a founding member of Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, Director of the American Indian Law Program, and Associate Dean at the Law School. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the national board of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Section.

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