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Anthony Kronman, '72 PhD, '75 JD

Sterling Professor of Law
Yale Law School

Kronman_tony Tony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. He has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1978. For ten of these years, Tony served as Dean of the Law School. His areas of teaching and research have included contracts, bankruptcy, legal philosophy, and most recently, law and religion. Since stepping down as Dean in 2004, Tony has been teaching in the Directed Studies Program in Yale College. He has taught all three of the courses in Directed Studies—philosophy, literature and history and politics.
Tony grew up in Los Angeles. His father was a television screen writer and his mother a homemaker (and before that an actress). He attended Williams College, from which he graduated in 1968. Following Williams, he received a Ph.D. in philosophy and a law degree, both from Yale. Before returning to Yale to join the faculty, he taught for one year at the University of Minnesota and for two at the University of Chicago.
Tony's most recent book, Education's End, is a plea for a return to a more traditional form of liberal education, exemplified by Directed Studies. He is currently working on a new book that combines philosophical and historical themes, and is devoted in significant part to the art and philosophy of the ancient world.
Tony lives in New Haven with his wife Nancy. They have four children, three of whom are graduates of Yale College. The fourth is a high school senior. Both Tony and Nancy have spent a great deal of time in Italy. Tony is currently on the Board of Directors of the American College of Greece, and visits Athens regularly. Last January, he taught a course on the Florentine Renaissance, in Florence, for a group of NYU students. When he is not teaching or writing or traveling, Tony can often be found with a fly rod in hand, fishing for striped bass and tuna, or riding his surfboard in Rhode Island.

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