Kenji Yoshino
Born (1969-05-01) May 1, 1969 (age 54)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Magdalen College, Oxford (MSc)
Yale University (JD)
OccupationLaw professor

Kenji Yoshino (born May 1, 1969) is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law.[1] Formerly, he was the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His work involves constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, civil and human rights, as well as law and literature, and Japanese law and society.


Yoshino graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy (1987) as valedictorian and Harvard College, obtaining a B.A. in English literature summa cum laude in 1991.[2] Between undergraduate years, Yoshino worked as an aide for various members of the Japanese Parliament. He moved on to Magdalen College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a M.Sc. in management studies (industrial relations) in 1993. In 1996, he earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.


From 1996 to 1997, Yoshino served as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 1998, he received a tenure-track position at Yale Law School as an associate professor, and in 2003 the school bestowed a full professorship. In 2006, he was named the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law.[3] Courts throughout the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court,[4] have referenced Yoshino's work.

His first book Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights was published in 2006. It is a mix of argument intertwined with pertinent biographical narratives.[5] His second book, A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice was published in 2011. In 2016, his book Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was published and received the Stonewall Book Award's Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award.[6]

Covering won the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Non-Fiction from Publishing Triangle in 2007.[citation needed] His major areas of interest include social dynamics, conformity and assimilation, as well as queer (LGBT) and personal liberty issues. He has been a co-plaintiff in cases related to his specialties.[citation needed]

During the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years, he served as a visiting professor at New York University School of Law, and in February 2008 he accepted a full-time tenured position as the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law.[1]

In May 2011, Yoshino was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers, where he served a six-year term.[7] In 2023, Kenji Yoshino joined the Facebook Oversight Board.[8] In July 2023, following a recommendation from the oversight board to deplatform Cambodian head of state Hun Sen, the government of Cambodia listed Yoshino as one of 22 people connected with Meta who were banned from entering the country.[9]

Personal life

A Japanese American, and openly gay man, Yoshino writes poetry for personal enjoyment.[10]

Major works

See also


  1. ^ a b NYU Hires Kenji Yoshino as Permanent Faculty Member[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Kenji Yoshino - Overview | NYU School of Law". Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  3. ^ "Announcement of Professor Kenji Yoshino as Inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law" (PDF) (Press release). Yale Law School. 2006-10-14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-12.
  4. ^ Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, 530 640 (U.S. 2000).
  5. ^ Yoshino, Kenji (2006-01-15). "The Pressure to Cover". The New York Times Magazine.
  6. ^ "Stonewall Book Awards List". American Library Association. 9 September 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  7. ^ "Overseers 2011 election results". Harvard Gazette. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  8. ^ Holt, Kris (February 14, 2023). "Meta's Oversight Board will take on more cases and make decisions faster". Engadget. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  9. ^ "Cambodia bans 22 members of the Board of Directors of Meta Platforms. Inc from entering country - Khmer Times". July 4, 2023.
  10. ^ Yoshino, Kenji.A Conversation with Yale Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, Author of 'Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights' Archived 2007-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, transcript of Court TV program (February 17, 2005). Retrieved on May 17, 2007.