Professor Carlton Waterhouse, Ph.D. (J.D. ’91) has joined the faculty at Howard Law.
He will teach property, environmental law courses, and will work to start the first ever environmental justice center at Howard’s law school.
Waterhouse is an international expert on environmental law and environmental justice, as well as reparations and redress for historic injustices. His views have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal Online, the Indianapolis Star and many other media outlets. He is a highly sought after speaker who regularly addresses national and international audiences. His forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press explores the historic and contemporary role of the United States Supreme Court in maintaining social hierarchy. His previous scholarship includes essays, articles, and book chapters focused on the ethical and legal dimensions of environmental justice and reparations.
Professor Waterhouse is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he studied engineering and the ethics of technology before deciding to study law. He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law. While in law school, he served as an intern with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he participated in the preliminary formation and development of the Civil Rights Act of 1992.
After completing law school, Professor Waterhouse began his career as an attorney with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where he served in the Office of Regional Counsel in Atlanta, Georgia and the Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C. At the EPA, he served as the chief counsel for the agency in several significant cases and as a national and regional expert on environmental justice, earning three of the Agency’s prestigious national awards. His responsibilities at the EPA included enforcement actions under numerous environmental statutes, the development of regional and national policy on Environmental Justice and the application of the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the EPA permitting actions. Following a successful nine-year career with the EPA, Professor Waterhouse enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Emory University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as one of the select George W. Woodruff Fellows. The previous year, he graduated with honors from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Master of Theological Studies degree. In 2006, he graduated from Emory with a Ph.D. in Social Ethics.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, Prof. Waterhouse continues to examine civil rights and human rights issues in his scholarship and service. He actively participates in national and local organizations protecting civil rights and serves on the Indiana Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.