Wayne Law Professor Kirsten Matoy Carlson selected as Distinguished Faculty Fellow by Wayne State University Board of Governors

Congratulations to Wayne State University Law School Professor Kirsten Matoy Carlson who has been selected as one of the Board of Governors 2024 Distinguished Faculty Fellows! This award was presented at the Academic Recognition Ceremony on April 25, 2024.

Professor Kirsten Matoy Carlson

The Distinguished Faculty Fellowships recognize and provide support for members of the faculty whose achievements and current activities in scholarship, research, and/or artistic performance and creativity continue to hold national distinction. The recognition includes $10,000 to assist the Fellow’s research. Support for these fellowships was created by a special action of the Wayne State University Board of Governors designed to recognize and assist the intellectual pursuits of selected senior faculty members.

“I’m thrilled the university has recognized the excellence and importance of Professor Carlson’s pathbreaking work. This award in particular is highly competitive, and she is so deserving of it,” said Wayne Law Dean and John W. Reed Professor of Law Richard Bierschbach. “We are fortunate to have her on our faculty,” he added.

Professor Carlson brings a range of professional and academic experience to her teaching and research. A leading authority on federal Indian law, she teaches a variety of courses on Indigenous rights and policy, civil procedure, legislation, and legal change. Her interdisciplinary, empirical research investigates access to justice issues, including legal mobilization and law reform strategies used by Native peoples to reform law and policy effectively. Her work seeks to elevate Native voices in their quest for justice within the legal system.  

Carlson’s articles have appeared in the Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and Washington Law Review, and peer-reviewed interdisciplinary and political science journals, such as Law and Society Review, Publius—The Journal of Federalism, and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics. Her article, Lobbying Against the Odds, was selected for presentation at the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School.

Carlson serves on the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on American Indian Law and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is a Faculty Scholar in the American Bar Foundation/JPB Foundation (ABF/JPB) Access to Justice Scholars Program, and a Marilyn Williamson Endowed Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Humanities Center at Wayne State University for 2023-2024. She has served as a visiting research scholar at the University of Ottawa and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor Carlson has also received the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014 and was selected by Wayne Law students as First Year Professor of the Year in 2017 and 2023.

Professor Carlson earned her JD and a Doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in Maaori studies from the University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University.


CONTACT: Jennifer Kennedy

Wayne State University Law School

Email: Jennifer.kennedy2@wayne.edu

Office: 313-577-4629

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