Michael Vandenbergh

Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University

Michael Vandenbergh is Professor of Law and Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence at the Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a leading scholar in environmental and energy law whose research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate behavior. His work has appeared in leading law journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the New York University Law Review, and in science journals such as The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change, and Energy Policy. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, Professor Vandenbergh was a partner at a national law firm in Washington, D.C. He served as Chief of Staff of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-95. He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1987-88. In addition to directing Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, Professor Vandenbergh serves as director of the law school’s Environmental Law Program. A recipient of the Hall-Hartman Teaching Award, he teaches courses in environmental law, energy, and property. Professor Vandenbergh has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and at Harvard Law School.