Anthony T. Kronman

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Anthony Townsend Kronman (born May 12, 1945) is a Sterling Professor at Yale Law School specialized in contracts, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, social theory, and professional responsibility.[1] He was the Dean of Yale Law School from 1994 to 2004.[2]


Anthony Townsend Kronman was raised in Los Angeles, California, the son of Harry Kronman, a Hollywood screenwriter, and actress Rosella Towne (birth name Rosella Townsend). As a child, he discussed Camus and existentialism with his mother.[3]

Kronman received his B.A. from Williams College in 1968, Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1972, and J.D. from Yale Law School in 1975.[2]

He was an editor of the Yale Law Journal when he studied at Yale Law School.[2] He taught at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1975 to 1976, and the University of Chicago Law School from 1976 to 1978, before joining the Yale faculty.[2] In addition to the courses that Kronman teaches at Yale Law School, he also teaches undergraduate classes in literature, philosophy, and history and politics as part of the Directed Studies program at Yale.[4] Outside of his academic obligations, Kronman is of counsel at the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.[5]

He recently published a book, Education's End, which is a summary of the disarray of the U.S. higher education system especially in regard to the question of the meaning of life.[6]

His book Confessions of a Born Again Pagan, published in October 2016, reconciles faith with the modern world in an attempt to define a more comprehensive and humanistic spirituality.


  1. ^ "Anthony T. Kronman". Yale Law School. Yale University. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Yale Law School. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  3. ^ Rothman, Joshua. "The Sage of Yale Law". The New Yorker. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Anthony Kronman". Yale Education Travel. Yale University. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Anthony T. Kronman". Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Education's End". Amazon. Retrieved 2015-02-14. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Guido Calabresi
Dean of Yale Law School
1994 – 2004
Succeeded by
Harold Hongju Koh