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About Ezra Rosser

Ezra Rosser joined the WCL faculty in 2006. He has taught Property, Federal Indian Law, Poverty Law, Land Use, and Housing Law. Previously he served as a visiting professor at Ritsumeiken University, a 1665 Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at Yale Law School, and a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. Ezra is a past chair of the AALS Property Law, Poverty Law, and Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples sections. His articles have appeared in journals including the California Law Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Washington University Law Review, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Environmental Law, and the American Indian Law Review. Ezra received the Elizabeth Payne Cubberly Scholarship Award in 2017 and 2012, as well as the Emalee C. Godsey Scholarship Award in 2008.

Ezra is a co-author of a textbook Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (Aspen 2014) (with Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore & Jeff Selbin) and was a co-editor of The Poverty Law Canon (Michigan Press 2014) (with Marie Failinger) and Tribes, Land, and the Environment (Ashgate 2012) (with Sarah Krakoff). He is currently working on a sole authored book, Exploiting the Fifth World: Navajo Land and Economic Development (Chicago Press TBD).


Present Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Emalee C. Godsey Scholar Award, American Univ. Washington College of Law, 2008, for “Rural Housing and Code Enforcement”
  • Elizabeth Payne Cubberly Scholar Award, American Univ. Washington College of Law, 2012, for "Ahistorical Indians and Reservation Resources"


  • LAW-518-003 Property (Spring)
  • LAW-641-001 American Indian Law (Fall)
  • LAW-742-001 Poverty Law (Fall)
  • LAW-985-001 Housing Law (Spring)


2004 M.Phil, University of Cambridge
2003 J.D., Harvard Law School
2000 B.A., Yale University

Contact Information

American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Room Y323
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 274-4064


Books (6)

Articles (38)