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Karen Bradshaw

Karen Bradshaw

Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


Professor Bradshaw researches governance of natural resources, with an emphasis on emerging regulatory approaches including certification regimes, public-private partnerships, and collaborative settlements. She is an expert on wildfire law and has also written about land development and forest management. Professor Bradshaw teaches environmental law.

Professor Bradshaw received her J.D. with honors from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Tony Patino Fellow, Olin Fellow, and comment editor for The University of Chicago Law Review. She clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Bradshaw was the inaugural Koch-Searle Fellow in Legal Studies at New York University School of Law.

Professor Bradshaw founded and operated a real estate brokerage firm prior to attending law school.


  • JD, The University of Chicago Law School, University of Chicago, 2010
  • MBA, Business Administration, California State University-Chico, 2006
  • BS, Business Administration, University of California-Berkeley, 2004


Journal Articles


Bradshaw, K. 2016. Settling for natural resource damages. Harvard Environmental Law Review 40:211-251. (link )

Bradshaw, K. 2016. Using takes to undo givings. New York University Journal of Law and Liberty 10(2):649-668. DOI:

Marchant, G. E. and K. Bradshaw. 2016. The short-term temptations and long-term risks of environmental catastrophism. Jurimetrics 56(Summer):345-366. (link )


Bradshaw Schulz, K. 2015. Information flooding. Indiana Law Review 48(3):755-802. (link )

Bradshaw Schulz, K. and D. Lueck. 2015. Contracting for control of landscape-level resources. Iowa Law Review 100:2507-2549. (link )


Bradshaw Schulz, K. 2013. New governance and industry culture. Notre Dame Law Review 88(5):2515-2550. (link )


Bradshaw, K. M. 2011. Backfired! Distorted incentives in wildfire suppression techniques. Utah Environmental Law Review 31(1):155-179. (link )


Bradshaw, K. M. 2010. A modern overview of wildfire law. Fordham Environmental Law Review 21(1):445-478.



Bradshaw, K. M. and D. Lueck eds. 2012. Wildfire Policy: Law and Economics Perspectives. RFF Press. New York. ISBN: 978-1933115955.

Book Chapters


Bradshaw, K. M. 2012. Norms of fire suppression among public and private landowners. Pp. 89-109 In: Bradshaw, K. M. and D. Lueck eds., Wildfire Policy: Law and Economics. RFF Press. New York. ISBN: 978-1933115955.


Bradshaw, K. M. and S. Saha. 2010. Academic administrators and the challenge of social-networking websites. Pp. 140-154 In: Levmore, S. and M. Nussbaum eds., The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation. Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674064317.