• Associate Professor, College Of Law - Dean


  • J.D., Law, Stanford Law School
  • B.A., Human Biology, Brown University


Ruhan S. Nagra is Associate Professor of Law and founding director of the Environmental Justice Clinic at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. 

Prior to joining the Law School, Nagra was Director of the Environmental Justice Initiative and a Senior Clinical Supervisor at the University Network for Human Rights, which she co-founded in 2018. At the University Network, Nagra worked with frontline communities in the United States and globally to challenge environmental injustice. Nagra was previously a clinical instructor at Stanford Law School’s Human Rights Clinic.

In close partnership with affected communities and grassroots organizations, Nagra brings an interdisciplinary approach to her work, which has included: a peer-reviewed community health study in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley; an analysis exposing racially discriminatory effects of an industrial buyout in Mossville, Louisiana; and litigation challenging the expansion of Liquefied Natural Gas infrastructure in Brooklyn, New York. Her most recent article, forthcoming in Duke Law Journal, explores the justice implications of climate-induced relocation in the United States. 

Nagra’s work has been covered in major news outlets, including VICECBS Evening NewsThe Washington PostReutersThe GuardianUSA TodayAxiosNewsweek, and Democracy Now. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Human Biology from Brown University.