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Rachel Rothschild

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Rachel Emma Rothschild is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Previously a legal fellow at Policy Integrity, she holds a J.D., cum laude, from NYU School of Law, where she was a Furman Academic Scholar, and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Princeton University. From 2015 to 2017, she was an assistant professor and faculty fellow at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Rothschild’s scholarship sits at the intersection of law, history, and policy. She is the author of Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution (University of Chicago Press, 2019), and has written numerous articles and essays on pollution problems for academic journals and media outlets. Her recent research examines climate change litigation as well as the past and present regulation of toxic substances.

While at NYU School of Law, Rothschild worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s litigation and environmental justice teams as well as the Institute for Policy Integrity’s regulatory policy clinic.

She can be reached at [email protected].


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    Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution

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