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

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...

 

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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...

 

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

Your Boss’s Business? Corporate Personhood and the Supreme Court, Texas A&M University School of Law American Constitution Society (2014)

Hobby Lobby was a dangerous decision,but because the Court ignored corporate personhood rather than endorsing...

 
Praising Corporate Personhood, Advancing a New Jurisprudence for American Self-Government and Democracy, Harvard University (2014)

Corporate personhood has wrongly developed a bad name; efforts to end corporate personhood by way...

 
Corporate Citizenship: Goal or Fear?, The University of Chicago Law School American Constitution Society (2014)

Progressives should oppose a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood.

 
Conversations at BC Law: Representative Michael Capuano, Boston College Law School (2014)

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

 
Debate: “Be it Resolved: Corporations Should Not be Considered People Under the U.S. Constitution.”, 31st Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (2014)

This was a debate with Jeff Clements, founder of Free Speech for People, about corporate...

 

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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...

 

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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...