Robert Post
Post in 2012
16th Dean of Yale Law School
In office
Preceded byHarold Hongju Koh
Succeeded byHeather K. Gerken
Personal details
Robert Charles Post

(1947-10-17) October 17, 1947 (age 76)
New York City, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA, PhD)
Yale University (JD)

Robert Charles Post (born October 17, 1947) is an American legal scholar who is currently a professor of law at Yale Law School,[1] where he served as the Dean of Yale Law School from 2009 to 2017.[2]


Post received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1969 and earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1977. While at Yale, he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

After law school, Post was a law clerk for D.C. Circuit Judge David L. Bazelon and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Post subsequently earned a Ph.D. in History of American Civilization from Harvard University, worked briefly in private practice, and started his career in law teaching at Berkeley Law in 1983. Post moved from Berkeley to Yale in 2003 and succeeded Harold Koh as Dean when Koh was appointed to serve as Legal Adviser to the U.S. State Department. Post has been quoted in the New York Times on the composition of the Supreme Court.[3] He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2011.[4]

Post's academic interests include constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and affirmative action. His Citizens Divided (2014) looks at the constitutional aspects of electoral finance.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ SHERYL GAY STOLBERG (May 25, 2010). "At Harvard, Kagan Aimed Sights Higher". The New York Times: Politics. Retrieved February 8, 2011. While Mr. Summers interviewed other candidates, including Robert C. Post, now the dean of the Yale Law School,
  2. ^ Ashby Jones (June 22, 2009). "Robert C. Post Named Yale Law's New Dean". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 8, 2011. It's been rumored for a few weeks that Yale law professor Robert Post would get the nod to replace Harold Koh as dean of the law school after Koh was tapped to become a lawyer for the State Department.
  3. ^ LINDA GREENHOUSE (September 4, 2005). "William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of Supreme Court, Is Dead at 80". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2011. "Rehnquist is the opposite of Scalia," Professor Robert C. Post of the Yale Law School said in an interview.
  4. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved March 29, 2021.
Academic offices Preceded byKate Stith (acting) Dean of Yale Law School 2009–2017 Succeeded byHeather K. Gerken