Kenji Yoshino: Who Are You?

Academic and Author

Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law. Prior to moving to NYU, he was the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law and Deputy Dean of Intellectual Life at Yale Law School, where he taught from 1998 to 2008. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, took a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and earned his law degree at Yale Law School.  A specialist in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature, Yoshino has published in major academic journals such as the Columbia Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written extensively in other popular venues, such as The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, Washington Journal, and The Tavis Smiley Show.

He is the author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights (2006) and A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice (2011).

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Question: Who are you?

Kenji Yoshino: It’s Kenji Yoshino. I was born in Los Angeles, California. I hope that that didn’t shape me at all. I have no asperations on L.A. at all, but my family moved very early on to Boston, Massachusetts. And that, I think, did shape me because that’s where I grew up. And I think I have a very strong New England streak in me. I think it’s a work ethic thing. And I also think it’s a kind of taciturnity of you don’t make friends that easily, but once you have a friend you are that person’s friend for life.