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.

Corporate Law

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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...

 

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The End of Contractarianism? Behavioral Economics and the Law of Corporations, The Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Economics and the Law (2014)

Reviews the current state of the scholarship in the field of behavioral economics as it...

 

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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...

 
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...

 

Decision Making Theory

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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...

 

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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...

 

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Limiting Limited Liability, The Nation (2011)
 

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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

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

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

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

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

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Imposing Inequality on Law Schools, Washington Post (2003)
 

Labor Law

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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

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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

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

Popular Press

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Beware the Sleeper: Harris v Quinn, American Constitution Society Blog (2013)
 

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Can Corporations Be Good Citizens?, Symposium Magazine (2013)
 

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The Slippery Slope to Polygamy and Incest, The American Prospect (2013)
 

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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...

 

Selected Professional Activities

Panelist, The Role of Government in Corporate Activities and Cross-Border Transactions, Developments in Corporate Governance: East Meets West, University of Sydney Law School (2014)
 
Panelist, In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court, The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College (2014)
 

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Conversations at BC Law: Representative Bobby Scott, Boston College Law School (2014)

First of a series of interviews with public servants with connections to BC Law.

 
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)
 

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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...