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Meet our President and Vice Chancellor

Professor Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer
Professor Larry Kramer. LSE

Professor Larry Kramer took office as President and Vice Chancellor of the London School of Economics and Political Science on 1 April 2024.

He served as President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2012 to 2024. Under his leadership, the foundation significantly adapted its strategies to meet changing circumstances and seize new opportunities, including new efforts to respond to pressing and timely challenges related to democracy, economics, climate change, and racial justice.

Larry spent most of his career in the academy, most recently as the 15th Dean of Stanford Law School, a position he assumed in 2004. During his tenure, he spearheaded significant educational reforms. He pioneered a new model of multidisciplinary legal studies, while growing the clinical education program, incorporating a public service ethos, and enlarging the physical campus.

Previously, Larry researched and taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and New York University, where he served as Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Russell D. Niles Professor of Law. He clerked for US Court of Appeals Judge Henry J Friendly of the Second Circuit and US Supreme Court Justice William J Brennan Jr, following his education. Larry holds an AB in Psychology and Religious Studies from Brown University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

Larry’s teaching and scholarly interests include American legal history, constitutional law, federalism, separation of powers, the federal courts, conflict of laws, and civil procedure. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The People Themselves: popular constitutionalism and Judicial Review.

Larry is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He serves as board chair of iCivics and has been a director on the boards of numerous nonprofit organisations, including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the ClimateWorks Foundation, the Independent Sector, and Equal Justice Works.