Citations for environmental and energy law professors

The most-cited environmental and energy law professors in 2010-2014

Brian Leiter at Chicago is doing one of his occasional series identifying the top cited legal scholars in a range of substantive areas.  One list he has done covers administrative and environmental scholars – however, his list includes a number of top administrative law scholars who do not focus on environmental and energy law.  I thought it might be helpful to our readers to have a list that is focused on scholars who work substantially or primarily on environmental and energy law.  Unlike Leiter, I’ve just lumped everyone together without breaking out a separate category for those work only partially in the field—that’s because almost all environmental and energy law scholars could be characterized as working in other areas of law, given the interdisciplinary nature of the work.  So of course Cass Sunstein is number one. All the caveats that Leiter has indicated about the utility of looking at cite counts apply here.  In particular, I also want to emphasize that citations are only a partial and imperfect measure of scholarship, which in turn is only a partial measure of what environmental and energy law professors do.  My numbers differ slightly from Leiter’s at times because for most of these scholars, I did my own searches.   I used the same basic methodology as Leiter, and these are citations from 2010-2014, inclusive.  If any readers identify any errors or omissions, please let me know in the comments or by email.


Rank First Name Last Name    
1 Cass Sunstein Harvard 5480
2 Dan Farber Berkeley 1750
3 Richard Stewart NYU 880
4 Jody Freeman Harvard 780
4 Richard Pierce GWU 780
6 Carol Rose Arizona 740
7 Richard Revesz NYU 730
8 JB Ruhl Vanderbilt 700
9 Jonathan Adler Case Western 610
9 Richard Lazarus Harvard 610
11 Doug Kysar Yale 530
12 Robin Kundis Craig Utah 510
13 Tom McGarity Texas 500
14 Jim Salzman UCLA 490
15 Dan Tarlock Chicago-Kent 470
16 Rob Glicksman GWU 460
17 Vicki Been NYU 450
17 Jim Rossi Vanderbilt 450
17 Sidney Shapiro Wake Forest 450
20 Holly Doremus Berkeley 420
21 Cary Coglianese Penn 410
21 Robert Percival Maryland 410
23 Buzz Thompson Stanford 390
24 Bill Buzbee Georgetown 380
24 Michael Gerrard Columbia 380
26 David Dana Northwestern 370
26 Wendy Wagner Texas 370
28 Jonathan Nash Emory 350
29 Daniel Bodansky Arizona State 340
29 Michael Vandenbergh Vanderbilt 340
29 Brad Karkkainen Minnesota 340