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Kenji Yoshino

Kenji Yoshino

New York University School of Law
Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional law
New York, NY, USA


Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. He was educated at Harvard (B.A. summa cum laude 1991), Oxford (M.Sc. 1993 as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School (J.D. 1996). He clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals before returning to teach at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008. After receiving tenure at Yale in 2003, he served as Deputy Dean (2005-6) and became the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor in 2006. His fields are constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, and law and literature. He moved to NYU in 2008.

Yoshino has published two books: Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights (2006) and A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice (2011). His third book, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, will be published in April 2015.

Yoshino’s work has appeared in academic journals including The Columbia Law Review, The Harvard Law Review, The Stanford Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He makes regular appearances on radio and television programs such as NPR, CNN, PBS, and MSNBC. In 2015, he became a weekly contributor to the New York Times Magazine podcast and column The Ethicists.

In 2011, Yoshino was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers for a six-year term. He also serves on the Global Advisory Board for Out Leadership, the Advisory Board of the Center for Talent Innovation, and Deloitte’s Inclusion External Advisory Council. He has received several teaching distinctions, most recently NYU Law’s Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.

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