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 has published journal articles in the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, and the Tulane Law Review, 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 34 states, 9 countries, and at nearly 100 institutions (including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and the London School of Economics). He writes regularly for the American Prospect and the Huffington Post, and his opinion essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Nation.
The Progressive Possibility of Corporate Law, Australian Journal of Corporate Law (2013)
In this article, I wish to argue that we find ourselves, at least in the...
The Puzzle of Short-termism, Wake Forest Law Review (2011)
From the Introduction: When pondering the question of the “sustainable corporation,” as we did in...
Law, Politics, and the Erosion of Legitimacy in the Delaware Courts, New York Law School Law Review (2011)
One of the putative benefits of incorporation in Delaware is the expertise and knowledge of...
Decision Making Theory
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...
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...
Unconstitutional Constitution Day, ACSBlog: The Blog of the American Constitution Society (2005)
A Liberal’s Disappointment in Million Dollar Baby, ACSBlog: The Blog of the American Constitution Society (2005)
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)
Both Sides [Now]: Higher Education Institutions Have a Right to Dissent Without Losing Federal Money, Trusteeship (2006)
The Supreme Court
States Rights > Gay Rights, The American Prospect (2013)
By now you've heard from the various news sources that, in this week’s Supreme Court...
Weird Friends of the Court, The American Prospect (2013)
If you’ve felt encouraged by recent trends in favor of gay rights—including the new Washington...
The Glocks Are Falling! The Glocks Are Falling!, The American Prospect (2013)
The gun crowd is so paranoid about the erosion of their Second Amendment rights that...
Selected Professional Activities
A New Matrix: Do the Interests of Shareholders, Employees, and Managers Conflict, Inaugural International Corporate Governance and Law Forum (2013)
"The Move to Amend": Making Citizens United Even Worse?, The Cornell Law School American Constitution Society chapter (2013)
Participant, "Block that Metaphor? Corporate Personhood Before and After Citizens United", New York Humanities Corridor (2013)
The Third Way, Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation, University of New South Wales (2013)
There is a third way between deference to management on the one hand and strict...
The Board as Regulator, St. Thomas School of Law (2013)
The best (and a new) way to conceptualize the role of the corporate board is...