Edella Schlager

Professor - School of Government and Public Policy


  • Drought Crises in Federations: Principles, Indicators and Lessons Learned from Climate Adaptation in the Rio Grande Basin
  • Boundary Conflicts, Collective Choice Institutions and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms Among Western U.S. Interstate River Compacts

Selected adaptation publications:

  • Garrick, D., E. Schlager, and S. Villamayor-Tomas. 2016. Governing an international transboundary river: Opportunism, safeguards, and drought adaptation in the Rio Grande, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 46(2): 170-198. doi: 10.1093/publius/pjw002 

  • Suggs, Z., S. Ziaja, and E. Schlager. 2016. Conjunctive groundwater management as a response to social-ecological disturbances: A comparison of four Western U.S. states. Texas Water Journal, 17(1): 1-24.

  • Garrick, D., L. De Stefano, F. Fung, J. Pittock, E. Schlager, M. New, and D. Connell. 2013. Managing hydroclimatic risks in federal rivers: A diagnostic assessment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 371(2002): 20120415. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2012.0415.

  • Schlager, E., K. Engel, and S. Rider, eds., 2011. Navigating Climate Change Policy: The Opportunities of Federalism. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Education/employment highlights:

  • Editor, Policy Studies Journal


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, 1990
  • B.A., Political Science, Creighton University, 1982
Geographic Area
Expertise Area
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Public Policy and Governance
Transboundary Water