Kristen Carpenter

Kristen Carpenter devotes her teaching and scholarship to property law and American Indian law. Her research examines the real property interests of Indian nations, as well as issues of culture, religion, language, and interpretation. Professor Carpenter’s current works-in-progress include books on cultural property law, Cherokee treaties, and the Indian Civil Rights Act. Before entering academia, Professor Carpenter clerked for the Honorable John C. Porfilio on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and then practiced at Hill & Barlow, P.C., in Boston. She has also worked at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation’s Office of Legal Counsel and private Indian law firms in Colorado and Alaska. Professor Carpenter’s previous academic appointments were at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law (2004-2009) and Suffolk University Law School (2002-2004). She recently served a four-year term on the Board of the Colorado Indian Bar Association and as chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Indian Law Conference in 2010 and 2011. Professor Carpenter is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. In 2010, the students of Colorado Law honored Professor Carpenter with the Outstanding New Faculty Member award