Carl Christensen

  • Lecturer in Law


  • BS Oregon State University 1968
  • PhD University of Arizona 1978
  • JD cum laude Harvard Law School 1990
  • LLM Northwestern Law School of Lewis & Clark College 2000


Professor Carl Christensen held an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Law School from 2006 to 2011. Since that time, he has continued to co-teach Hawaiian Legal History as a Lecturer and, as a Research Associate at Honolulu's Bishop Museum, undertakes zoological research on the land snails of Hawaii and other Pacific islands.  Professor Christensen served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (2001-2005), as Staff Attorney with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (1991-2001), and as an associate in the Honolulu law firm Burke, Sakai, McPheeters, Bordner, and Gilardy (1990-1991).  Prior to attending law school, he was employed as a research zoologist at Bishop Museum (1979 - 1985).

Selected Publications


  • Land Snails from Archaeological Sites in the Marshall Islands, with Remarks on Prehistoric Translocations in Tropical Oceania.  67 PACIFIC SCIENCE 81 (2013) (with Marshall I. Weisler).
  • First records of Paralaoma servilis (Shuttleworth, 1852) (Gastropoda:  Pulmonata:  Punctidae) in the Hawaiian Islands.  112 BISHOP MUSEUM OCCASIONAL PAPERS 3 (2012) (with Norine W. Yeung and Kenneth A. Hayes).
  • [Review of] Possessing the Pacific: Land, Settlers, and Indigenous People from Australia to Alaska—Stuart Banner, 27 LAW & HIST. REV. 198 (2009).
  • Subfossil Land Snails from Easter Island, Including Hotumatua anakenana, New Genus and Species (Pulmonata: Achatinellidae), 63 PACIFIC SCIENCE 105 (2009) (with Patrick V. Kirch & David W. Steadman).