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.
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...
Amended Brief of Professor Nancy Gertner and Professor Kent Greenfield as Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiff, Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System v. The Hershey Company, C.A. No. 7996-ML (with Nancy Gertner) (2014)
Amicus brief filed by Nancy Gertner and Kent Greenfield in the case of Louisiana Municipal...
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
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...
In Defense of Corporate Persons, Constitutional Commentary (2015)
This essay is a critique of this attack on corporate personhood. It explains that the...
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
Marriage Equality Decision Was Not Just an Intellectual Exercise, Boston Globe (2015)
The U.S. Supreme Court's Cultivation of Corporate Personhood, TheAtlantic.com (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...