Kent Greenfield is Professor of Law and Law Fund Research Scholar at Boston College
Law School, where he teaches and writes in the areas of business law, constitutional law,
decision making theory, legal theory, and economic analysis of law. He is the past Chair
of the Section on Business Associations of the American Association of Law Schools. In
addition, he is the author of the book “The Myth of Choice,” published in 2011 from Yale
University Press, Prunsoop Publishing (in Korean), and BiteBack Publishing (UK). Kirkus
Reviews stated in its review: “The author deftly debunks prevailing dogma about the
infallibility of free markets, especially important during a time when, as he reports,
one in seven Americans are poor." He is also the author of the book “The Failure of
Corporate Law” published by University of Chicago Press. The book has been called “simply
the best and most well-reasoned progressive critique of corporate law yet written,” and
the Law and Politics Book Review said that “it merits a place alongside Berle and Means,
[and] Easterbrook and Fischel.” 

Greenfield also has had journal articles published in the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia
Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, and
Constitutional Commentary, among others. His articles are widely cited, and he has been
called “the leading figure” and “the most creative thinker” in the progressive,
stakeholder school of corporate law scholarship. 

Greenfield has lectured in 36 states, 9 countries, and at over 100 institutions
(including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of
Michigan, and the London School of Economics). His opinion essays have appeared in the
New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, the Washington
Monthly, the American Prospect, Salon, and the Nation. 

Corporate Law


A Skeptic's View of Benefit Corporations, Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review (2015)

Over the last few years there has been a shift in the core ideas of...

Sticking the Landing: Making the Most of the “Stakeholder Moment”, European Business Law Review (2014)

This paper illustrates that the shareholder primacy model is still the prevailing model especially as...

Are Shareholders Owners? Absolutely. And Absolutely Not, Journal of Governance Directions (2014)

Shareholder ownership is in reality ‘shareholder primacy,’ or ‘shareholder supremacy.’ An excessive focus on shareholder...



Corporate Citizenship: Goal or Fear?, University of St. Thomas Law Journal (2014)

Discusses the conflicting opinions about corporate "citizenship." Should corporations be insulated from politics or a...


Decision Making Theory


Choice and the Free Market, The Montreal Review (2012)
Presentations on The Myth of Choice (2012)

Kent Greenfield has delivered over 30 public lectures and presentations to a wide variety of...



Interview with Professor Kent Greenfield about his book “The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits”, Boston College Law School Webcast Archive (2011)

Professor Kent Greenfield’s newest release, The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of...



Limiting Limited Liability, The Nation (2011)


Free Will Paradigms, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy (2011)

One of the iconic issues in American law and politics is the question of free...


Constitutional Law


In Defense of Corporate Persons, Constitutional Commentary (2015)

This essay is a critique of this attack on corporate personhood. It explains that the...



Robert, Sebelius, and Constitution Day, The American Constitution Society Blog (2012)


Unconstitutional Constitution Day, ACSBlog: The Blog of the American Constitution Society (2005)


In Closing: Fighting Might with Rights, Boston College Law Magazine (2005)


A Liberal’s Disappointment in Million Dollar Baby, ACSBlog: The Blog of the American Constitution Society (2005)

Labor Law


The Unjustified Absence of Federal Fraud Protection in the Labor Market, Yale Law Journal (1997)

Federal law offers significant protection against fraud in the capital market, based on the compelling...


Law and Economics

How Law Constructs Wealth Patterns [Panel remarks], Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy (2008)

Law and Society


Attorney General Mukasey’s Defense of Irresponsibility , Boston College International and Comparative Law Review (2009)

Attorney General Mukasey’s commencement speech at Boston College Law School did a disservice to the...

Fighting for Equality, and Losing, Boston Bar Journal (2007)

Education Law

The Supreme Court


Robert Bork: All Brain, No Heart, The American Prospect (2012)

Popular Press


Is the First Amendment Working?, BC Law Magazine (2015)


The Limits of Free Speech, (2015)

Selected Professional Activities

Get Smart Fast: Cutting Edge Issues in Corporate Law, University of Sydney Law School (2015)
Corporations as Citizens, Critical Issues in Corporate Law Symposium, The University of Hong Kong (2015)
Panelist, When Rights Collide?: Religious Liberty, Equality and the Fall Out from Hobby Lobby, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention (2015)
Keynote Speaker, National Business Law Scholars Conference, Seton Hall University School of Law (2015)
Faculty Colloquium, Stetson University School of Law (2015)

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Religious Rights of Corporations, Part 2, The Corporate Social Responsibility Podcast with David Yosifon (2014)

Interview with Prof. Kent Greenfield on the religious rights of corporations. This is the second...



The Third Way: Beyond Shareholder or Board Primacy, Seattle University Law Review (2014)

There is a third possibility in corporate governance: real duties imposed on boards, but which...