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About Carmen G. Gonzalez

Carmen G. Gonzalez is the Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She writes in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, human rights and the environment, and food security. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, Professor Gonzalez clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and practiced law at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, where she specialized in environmental litigation. She later served as an attorney at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and as Assistant Regional Counsel in the San Francisco office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Professor Gonzalez was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, a Visiting Professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China, and a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow. She has taught and/or worked on environmental law projects in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In 2017, Professor Gonzalez served as the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary and as the Norton Rose Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. She was Vermont Law School's Distinguished International Environmental Law Scholar for Summer 2019.

Professor Gonzalez is active in a variety of professional organizations. She is past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2016, she was elected to the Governing Board of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law. From 2012 to 2021, she served on the Board of Trustees of Earthjustice and was named an Honorary Life Trustee in recognition of her outstanding service. She is currently a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a non-profit research and educational organization of university-affiliated academics that seeks to inform policy debates regarding environmental regulation. She has also served as member and vice-chair of the International Subcommittee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (an advisory body to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on environmental justice issues), and has represented non-governmental organizations in multilateral environmental treaty negotiations. 

Professor Gonzalez is co-editor of several books, including Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (Utah State University Press, 2012); International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015); Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives (Edward Elgar in 2018); and Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power and Resistance of Women in Academia (Utah State University Press, 2020). Her latest book, The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development, was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press.


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