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Biography John Sexton

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The immediate past president of New York University and a legal scholar, Sexton is the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law. He is also dean emeritus of the NYU School of Law, where he served as dean for 14 years. He joined the law school’s faculty in 1981, was named the school’s dean in 1988, and was designated the university’s president in 2001. Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a past member of the executive committee of the Association of American Universities.

As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center, Sexton converted into a book a series of essays he wrote during his time as president of NYU. The essays are reflections on an array of topics relevant to the place and promise of higher education.

Publications (selected list):


“The American Research University: The Decades Ahead”
May 26, 2016

John Sexton discusses how globalization, technology, and market forces are likely to reshape the form and function of the American research university in coming decades.

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Selected Works at the Library of Congress