Kirsten H. Engel

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Charles E. Area Professor of Law - James E. Rogers College of Law

Selected adaptation programs/projects:

  • Daubert and Expert Extrapolations: Redrawing the Boundaries between Scientific and Judicial Expertise (work in progress regarding judicial evaluation of scientific evidence in litigation concerning climate adaptation measures)

Selected publications:

  • Engel, KH. EPA’s clean power plan:  An emerging new cooperative federalism?  Publius Annual Review of Federalism Issue, forthcoming in 2015. 
  • Engel, KH, and JT Overpeck. Adaptation and the courtroom: Judging climate science, Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law,1, 2013.
  • Engel, KH. Perverse incentives: The case of wildfire smoke regulation, (January 11, 2014). Ecology Law Quarterly 40: 623, 2013; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-26, 2014. 
  • Brickey, C, K Engel, K Jacobs, J Jolley, M Miller, DF Luecke and J Overpeck. How to take climate change into account: A guidance document for judges adjudicating water disputes, Environmental Law Reporter, 40: 11215.

Employment highlights:

  • 2012 - present: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, James E. Rogers College of Law
  • 2005 - present: Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 
  • 2001 - 2004: Senior Counsel, Public Protection Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General, Boston, MA
  • 2000 - 2001: Acting Chief, Environmental Protection Division, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General, Boston, MA
  • 1992 - 2000: Associate Professor of Law, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA
  • 1990 - 1992: Staff Attorney, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Washington, DC
  • 1987 - 1990: Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC 


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., Brown University, 1983
Geographic Area
Expertise Area
Public Policy and Governance