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About Ezra Rosser

Ezra Rosser, a Professor at American University Washington College of Law, focuses his research on poverty and on tribal economic development. Ezra teaches Poverty law, Indian law, Property, Housing, and Land Use. Previously he served as a multi-year 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 has an MPhil from the University of Cambridge (UK) in Land Economics (2004), a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School (2003), and a BA in Economics and English from Yale University (2000). Ezra is the chair-elect of the AALS Property Law Section and is a past chair of the AALS Poverty Law Section and of the AALS Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Section. Finally, Ezra received the Elizabeth Payne Cubberly Scholarship Award in 2012 and 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 Tribes, Land, and the Environment (Ashgate 2012) (with Sarah Krakoff). He is currently working on The Poverty Law Canon (Michigan Press 2014) as a co-editor with Marie Failinger and 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)

Contact Information

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


Books (2)

Articles (10)

Op-Eds (1)

Property Law (4)

Indian Law (18)