Monika Ehrman

Visiting faculty

Charles J. and Inez Wright Murray Distinguished Visiting Professor


Professor Monika Ehrman is visiting SMU Dedman School of Law from UNT Dallas, where she joined as Associate Professor of Law in Fall 2021. Professor Ehrman was previously a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma, where she led the energy and natural resources program and served as the Faculty Director of the Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center. Prior to teaching, she served as general counsel of an energy company; senior counsel with Pioneer Natural Resources; and associate attorney at Locke Lord LLP. Before law school, Professor Ehrman worked as a petroleum engineer in the energy industry.

Her scholarly interests are in the areas of property, natural resources, energy, and environmental law & policy. She is principal investigator of a multi-year team grant awarded in November 2021 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the impact of the clean energy transition on Native American communities. She is also researching the mischaracterization of natural resources in property law, currently writing on atmospheric modification, mining & wildfire policy.

She has been published in law reviews, interdisciplinary journals, and is a West casebook co-author.

Professor Ehrman will join the SMU Law faculty full-time as Professor of Law in fall 2023

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law


B.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering), University of Alberta
J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law
LL.M., Yale Law School