Ann Carlson

Carlson, Ann - headshot Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA School of Law

Ann Carlson is the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, and the inaugural Faculty Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. She is also on the faculty of the UCLA Institute of the Environment.

Professor Carlson is one of the country’s leading scholars of climate change law and policy. She is co-author (with Daniel Farber ) of a leading casebook, Environmental Law (8th ed.) and numerous articles on climate change and air pollution. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming Cambridge University Press book, The Future of U.S. Energy Policy: Lessons from the Clean Air Act. She has served on a National Academy of Sciences panel, America’s Climate Choices: Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change and an American Academy of Arts and Sciences committee, America’s Energy Future. Carlson is also a frequent commentator and speaker on environmental issues and she blogs at Legal Planet (

Professor Carlson is the 2011 recipient of the University’s Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the 2006 recipient of the Law School’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. Carlson received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She served as the law school’s academic associate dean from 2004-2006, and as Vice Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Intellectual Life from 2013-2015.