Robert C. Post
Sterling Professor of Law
(on leave, spring 2022)
Robert Post is a Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Post’s subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection.FULL BIOGRAPHY
Education & Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D., Harvard University, (History of American Civilization), 1980
J.D., Yale Law School, 1977
A.B., Harvard University, 1969
- Constitutional Law
- First Amendment
- Interpretation in Law and Literature
- Legislative and Popular Constitutionalism
- Rethinking Sovereignty
- Comparative Constitutionalism
- Democratic Constitutionalism
Robert Post is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He served as the School's 16th dean from 2009 until 2017. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
Post specializes in constitutional law, with a particular emphasis on the First Amendment. He is also a legal historian who is currently writing Volume X of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States, which will cover the period 1921-30 when William Howard Taft was Chief Justice. Post has written and edited numerous books, including Citizens Divided: A Constitutional Theory of Campaign Finance Reform (2014), which was originally delivered as the Tanner Lectures at Harvard in 2013; Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State (2012), which was originally delivered as the Rosenthal Lectures at Northwestern University; For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (with Matthew M. Finkin, 2009), which has become the standard reference for the meaning of academic freedom in the United States; and Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law (2001), which was original delivered as the Brennan Lectures at Berkeley.
Post publishes regularly in legal journals and other publications; exemplary articles and chapters include “Data Privacy and Dignitary Privacy: Google Spain, The Right to be Forgotten, and the Construction of the Public Sphere” (Duke Law Journal, 2018); “The Politics of Religion: Democracy and the Conscience Wars,” in The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance Between Religion, Identity, and Equality (Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld, eds., Cambridge University Press 2018); “Theorizing Disagreement: Reconceiving the Relationship Between Law and Politics” (California Law Review, 2010); “Roe Rage: Democratic Constitutionalism and Backlash” (with Reva Siegel, Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, 2007); “Federalism, Positive Law, and the Emergence of the American Administrative State: Prohibition in the Taft Court Era” (William & Mary Law Review, 2006); “Foreword: Fashioning the Legal Constitution: Culture, Courts, and Law” (Harvard Law Review, 2003); and “Subsidized Speech” (Yale Law Journal, 1996).
Post is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Yale Law School presented the Award of Merit to four esteemed alumni — Stacey Abrams ’99, Lani Guinier ’74, William E. Kennard ’81, and Robert C. Post ’77 — on Nov. 17, 2021.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post '77 comments on University of Florida academics' barring from appearing as expert witnesses in a lawsuit about the state's voting laws.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post and Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin join Yale University President Peter Salovey for a conversation about the viral spread of misinformation in the information age.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The MFIA Clinic has launched two new projects on algorithmic transparency this past semester, with the goal of developing model legislation to promote transparency around the use of algorithms by government agencies and disclosure of their potential biases.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Scholarship by Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is mentioned in a Forbes article about corporate response to demands for racial equity.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Reason carried the announcement of the launch of the Journal of Free Speech Law, of which Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is a member of the editorial board.
Monday, February 8, 2021
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 and Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law Kate Stith are quoted in a National Law Journal article about Merrick Garland.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 and Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin are quoted in a New York Times commentary by Thomas Edsall.
Monday, December 7, 2020
Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 has been named a trustee of the Oversight Board Trust, the group announced on December 1, 2020.
Monday, August 26, 2019
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is quoted about Rosalie Abella, Canada’s longest-serving judge.
Panelists at a SELA event at the University of Buenos Aires: Alejandro Madrazo LL.M.’03, J.S.D ’06; Paul Kahn ’80, Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities and Director of the Schell Center for International Human Rights; Martín Böhmer LL.M. ’90, J.S.D ’12; and Celeste Braga Beatove.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Legal scholars from Yale Law School and 14 countries convened in Buenos Aires in June for the 24th annual Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitutional y Política, or SELA, this year addressing the topic of gender and equality.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is quoted in an article about Attorney General Barr’s refusal to cooperate with Congress.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The unveiling of the official portrait of former Dean Robert Post '77 was a celebration of the Sterling Professor of Law's career.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is mentioned in a piece by Noah Feldman ’97 about free speech on college campuses.
Monday, January 28, 2019
The American Law Institute (ALI) announced that Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 has been named a Co-Reporter for its ongoing Restatement (Third) of Torts: Defamation and Privacy.
Judge Barrington D. Parker ’69 L.L.B., Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann ’80. Photo by Matvey Zabbi.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 delivered the inaugural Thurgood Marshall Lecture at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on December 12, 2018.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School Robert Post ’77 discusses the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh ’90 to the Supreme Court in Politico.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 and Professor of Law Abbe R. Gluck ’00 contributed to a discussion on the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 and John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence Bill Eskridge ’78 are quoted in a story on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is quoted in an article about proposed legislation that would give Rutgers University $400,000 for a firearms violence study.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
A brief by Sterling Professor of Law Robert C. Post '77 is discussed in an editorial about Janus v. AFSCME, a U.S. Supreme Court case about union agency fees.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
National revulsion over the Charlottesville march shows why we shouldn’t ban hate speech—A Commentary by Robert C. Post ’77
Robert C. Post ’77 is a Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is quoted in an article reporting on a panel discussion at the recent Aspen Institute Economic Security Summit.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert Post ’77, David Cole ’84, Saikrishna Prakash ’93, and Jamal Greene ’05 contributed to an article on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Monday, April 17, 2017
In the eight years that Dean Robert C. Post ’77 has been at the helm of Yale Law School, he has solidly entrenched the School’s position at the forefront of legal education.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is quoted in an article and video about Senate confirmation hearings for those nominated to the Supreme Court.
Friday, December 9, 2016
The American Constitution Society announced new members to its board of advisors, including Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 and Geoffrey Klineberg ’90.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 was interviewed for a feature article about the Supreme Court and First Amendment cases. Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law Owen Fiss is also quoted.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post '77 is quoted in an article about efforts by Exxon Mobil to fight various state lawsuits over past statements it made about climate change.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is quoted about Merrick Garland, nominated to the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
A report on a talk given by Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at Yale Law School, with remarks by Dean Robert Post ’77.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is quoted in a story about legal challenges to law restricting where and when people may panhandle.
Friday, October 16, 2015
The conference Law, Religion, and Politics: Challenges to Traditional Borders in Global and Comparative Perspectives marks the fourth anniversary of the Debating Law & Religion Series at Yale Law School.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is mentioned and Lawrence Lessig ’89 is quoted in an article about legal arguments regarding a proposed City of Berkeley ordinance warning cell phone users of potential health issues.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 and Floyd Abrams ’59 are quoted in an article about the Supreme Court decision on Reed v. Town of Gilbert.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is mentioned in an article on a “Right to Know” ordinance that requires local cellphone retailers to advise consumers with information regarding the safe use of their phones.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert C. Post ’77 is interviewed about free speech in relation to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Robert C. Post ’77, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, gave a talk at the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on January 4.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Robert C. Post ’77 is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Martha Minow is the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment Conference will take place at Yale Law School on October 17 and 18.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Dean Robert C. Post ’77 welcomed the Class of 2017 on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The incoming class includes a diverse group of students coming from 8 different countries, 36 different states, and 77 different
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Nature of Public Opinion
In 2010, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal prohibition on independent corporate campaign expenditures—and ushered in a controversial new electoral era in which money has flooded political elections.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
YLS 2014 Commencement: Graduates Encouraged to Use Law to Work Toward an Imagined Future—PHOTOS, SPEECHES, VIDEO
More than 200 graduates of Yale Law School participated in commencement ceremonies on Monday afternoon at the William K. Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, joined by a celebratory crowd of more than 1400 people, including friends, family, and Law School faculty.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Yale University President Peter Salovey has announced the reappointment of Robert C. Post ’77 as Dean of Yale Law School and Sol and Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, effective July 1, 2014, for a term of three years.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Dean Robert C. Post '77 delivers the convocation address to incoming Yale Law students marking the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Yale Law School's 2013 Commencement Ceremonies were held on May 20, 2013 with addresses by Professor Anne L. Alstott, Dean Robert C. Post, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Dean Robert C. Post to deliver Tanner Lectures at Harvard University on May 1, 2013 through May 3, 2013.
Monday, August 27, 2012
In his convocation address on August 27, Dean Robert Post ’77 welcomed the 203 members of the Yale Law School J.D. Class of 2015.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Dean Robert Post’s recent lecture at Université de Paris-Panthéon-Assas was the first co-hosted event by Yale and Panthéon–Assas under the terms of their new Agreement for Collaborative Activities.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77 will deliver a lecture in Paris on Constitutional Protections for Academic Freedom.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
COMMENCEMENT 2012: Yale Law School Degree Candidates Urged to Remember the Poor, Work for Equal Justice - VIDEO and PHOTOS
251 degree candidates were honored at Yale Law School’s Commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2012.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
In his convocation address on August 31, Dean Robert Post ’77 welcomed the 205 members of the Yale Law School J.D. Class of 2014.
Monday, May 23, 2011
229 Degree Candidates Honored Before Downpour Cuts Commencement Ceremonies Short -- VIDEO and PHOTOS
229 degree candidates were honored at Yale Law School Commencement ceremonies on May 23.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Leading military appellate court judges from around the world will take part in a Global Military Appellate Seminar April 1 and 2 at Yale Law School.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The fourteenth Global Constitutionalism Seminar took place at Yale Law School September 22-25, 2010.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum Looks to Increase Government Transparency and Support the Public’s Right to Know
Yale Law School has announced the launch of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Nearly 100 lawyers and legal scholars from North and South America gathered in Asunción, Paraguay, this past June for the 2009 SELA meeting.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The China Law Center and Peking University kicked off a new lecture series in Beijing on May 18, 2007, with a lecture by YLS Professor Robert Post. His address, part of a day-long program, was the first in a new series on “Information and Expression in a Transforming Society.”