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About Todd S Aagaard

Dean Aagaard joined the Villanova Law School faculty in 2008 and became Vice Dean in 2015. As Vice Dean, he oversees academic affairs, admissions and financial aid, career strategy, administration (including communications, human resources, and facilities management), and faculty research.

Dean Aagaard's scholarship focuses on environmental law and administrative law.  His publications include: Using Non-Environmental Law To Accomplish Environmental Objectives, 30 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. (forthcoming 2015); Environmental Law Outside the Canon, 89 Ind. L.J. 1239 (2014); A Functional Approach to Risks and Uncertainties under NEPA, 1 Mich. J. Envtl. & Admin. L. (2012); Regulatory Overlap, Overlapping Legal Fields, and Statutory Discontinuities, 29 Va. Envtl. L.J. 237 (2011); Environmental Harms, Use Conflicts, and Neutral Baselines in Environmental Law, 60 Duke L.J. 1505 (2011); Environmental Law as a Legal Field: An Inquiry in Legal Taxonomy, 95 Cornell L. Rev. 221 (2010); and Factual Premises of Statutory Interpretation in Agency Review Cases, 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (2009).

Dean Aagaard received his B.A. with honors from Pomona College, his M.S. from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.  While at Michigan, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review and an Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.  Following completion of his J.D. and M.S. degrees, he clerked for Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi, before joining the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as an attorney in the Appellate Section.  At the Justice Department, he briefed and argued civil and criminal cases in federal courts of appeals in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, Indian law, and administrative law.


Present Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Risk and the Law
  • Regulatory State
  • Advanced Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Property


J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.A., Pomona College
M.S., University of Michigan ‐ School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact Information

Phone: 610-519-3001


Environmental Law (12)

Administrative Law (2)

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