Arden Rowell

Visiting Professor of Law


Arden Rowell is visiting Duke Law in the spring 2018 semester from the Illinois College of Law. Her research interests revolve around risk regulation and human behavior. She has taught courses on environmental law, administrative law, behavioral law and economics, risk and the environment, law and sustainable economic development, and valuation. Her work has been published in student-edited law reviews and peer-reviewed journals including Science Magazine, Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Administrative Law Review, the Journal of Risk Analysis, and the University of Chicago Law Review.

From 2015-16, Professor Rowell was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and was a visiting researcher at Oxford University in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, she also completed a federal detail at the Environmental Protection Agency, and was named a University Scholar, a competitive award program at the University of Illinois meant to recognize the university’s “very best teachers and scholars.”

Before joining the Illinois faculty in 2010, Professor Rowell was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, from which she also received her J.D. After law school, Professor Rowell practiced at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, where she focused her practice on catastrophic torts. Professor Rowell has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology/archaeology, which she earned from the University of Washington at the age of 18. Before law school, she worked as an encyclopedia entry writer and as a video game tester. Recently, she and her husband released their first video game: a mobile risk communication application called “Mortality: the Game.”

Follow Professor Rowell on Twitter @ArdenRowell.