Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dean Robert Post '77 Elected to American Philosophical Society

Robert C. Post ’77, Dean, and Sol and Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. Post is one of 37 new members elected April 29 at the society’s annual meeting.

The APS is America’s oldest learned society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. The group’s mission is to promote knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach.

Election to this society, which only numbers about 1,000 members, honors extraordinary scholarly accomplishment. Members hail from a variety of academic disciplines, including mathematical and physical sciences, biological sciences, the arts and the humanities.

Post was elected to the Philadelphia-based APS as a member of the Social Sciences Class.

Post is an expert in constitutional and First Amendment law, legal history, and equal protection. He has written dozens of articles in legal journals and other publications, as well as numerous books, including For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (with Matthew M. Finkin, 2009). In addition to the American Philosophical Society, Post is also a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Post was named Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School in July 2009.