JOHN RUPLE portrait
  • Research Professor, College Of Law - Dean
  • Research Professor & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow, College Of Law


  • J.D. , Law, University of Utah
  • M.S., Resource Development, Michigan State University. Project: Treaty Implied Rights to Habitat Protection: Impacts on the Elwha River Controversy
  • B.A., Demography / Sociology , Western Washington University


John Ruple is a Research Professor of Law and Stegner Center Fellow at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment where he works on public lands and water resource management.  John’s current research focuses on national monument designation and management, state efforts to control federal public lands, water resource allocation, and empirical assessing impact reduction attributable to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. 

Prior to joining the Stegner Center, John was a Fellow with the University’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy where he researched land and water issues involving energy development in Utah’s Uinta Basin.  Before joining the University of Utah in 2008, John worked as policy analyst in Governor Jon Huntsman’s Public Lands Office, as an environmental attorney in private practice, and as a NEPA contractor specializing in permitting for projects on National Forest System lands.  John has published widely, including nine book chapters, and articles in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Georgetown Environmental Law Review, Environmental Law, and the George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law.  He is lead or contributing author on nine technical reports to the U.S. Department of Energy and fifteen NEPA documents.