Associate Professor, International Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of San Francisco

Dana Zartner is an Associate Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. She received her BA in International Relations from Hamline University, her JD, with a concentration in international law from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Davis. Professor Zartner specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on the intersection of environmental protections and human rights. Her current research focuses on innovative legal activism for better environmental protections, including rights of nature, reframing the human-nature connection, and corporate social responsibility. Her book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law was released by Oxford University Press in 2014, and she has published articles on human rights and environmental topics in International Politics Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, Human Rights Review, and the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy Yearbook. Professor Zartner has served as an accredited representative at various UN meetings, including the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva and the Committee on the Status of Women in New York. She has consulted on international law issues related to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s efforts to prevent the granting of new permits for sand and gravel mining on lands of cultural and spiritual importance to them, and is a volunteer with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, International Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of San Francisco

Education

  • 2007 
    University of California, Davis, Ph.D. in Political Science