Kent Greenawalt

University Professor

Kent Greenawalt

University Professor

Kent Greenawalt is a University Professor at Columbia Law School. His interests include constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, legal interpretation, and criminal responsibility.

Greenawalt was the deputy U.S. solicitor general from 1971 to 1972. He was law clerk to Justice John M. Harlan when he served on the Supreme Court, and, subsequently spent part of a summer as an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Jackson, Miss.

From 1966 to 1969, Greenawalt served on the New York City Bar Association’s civil rights committee.

He has been a fellow several times at Clare Hall, Cambridge; All Souls College, University of Oxford; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • LL.B., Columbia University, 1963
  • B. Phil., University of Oxford, 1960
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 1958
Areas of Expertise
  • Constitutional law and jurisprudence
  • Church and state
  • Freedom of speech
  • Legal interpretation
  • Criminal responsibility
  • Conflicts of Law and Morality, 1987
  • Religious Convictions and Political Choice, 1988
  • Speech, Crime, and the Uses of Language, 1989
  • Law and Objectivity, 1992
  • Fighting Words, 1995
  • Private Consciences and Public Reasons, 1995
  • Statutory Interpretation: Twenty Questions, 1999
  • Does God Belong in Public Schools?, 2005
  • Religion and the Constitution, Vol. 1, Free Exercise and Fairness, 2006 (volume 2)
  • Establishment and Fairness, 2008
Law and Philosophy
S. Church and State
S. Law and Philosophy
S. Legal Interpretation
S. Legal Theory Workshop