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Gavin Clarkson

Associate Professor
Las Cruces Campus
Indian Resource Development


Areas of Expertise

  • Business Law
  • Tribal Law
  • Tribal Finance
  • Tribal Economic Development
  • Indian Resource Development Program

Expert Background

Gavin Clarkson is an associate professor in the Finance Department of the College of Business at New Mexico State University where he teaches business courses as well as Federal Indian Law and Policy. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Clarkson has consulted, written and published extensively on tribal finance and economic development and has conducted significant research on the empirical data on Indian mascots.
In 2005, Clarkson received the first ever grant from the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of tribal finance. His research and Congressional testimony on tribal access to the capital markets helped lead to the inclusion of $2 billion of Tribal Economic Development Bonds in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Clarkson holds both a bachelor's degree and an MBA from Rice University, a doctorate from the Harvard Business School in Technology and Operations Management, and is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was the managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and president of the Native American Law Students Association.
Clarkson holds the Series 7, Series 24, and Series 66 Securities licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He has helped tribes raise more than $700 million for tribal governmental and entrepreneurial enterprises using a variety of financial mechanisms including taxable and tax-exempt bonds, bank credit facilities and New Markets Tax Credits.

Gavin  Clarkson

Highest Degree

DBA (2004), J.D. (2002)
Harvard Business School, Harvard Law