Kristen Carpenter is the 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. Professor Carpenter was appointed to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as its member from North America in 2017. In this capacity, she works around the world to help states and indigenous peoples realize the aims of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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. Professor Carpenter is a faculty affiliate of the Center of the American West, Department of Religion, and Department of Ethnic Studies. In 2016 she was the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard.
Carpenter regularly advises U.S. tribes and indigenous organizations in pro bono cases concerning land rights, religious and cultural freedoms, and child welfare. She publishes frequently and is a co-author of the leading casebook in Federal Indian Law. Professor Carpenter is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
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