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Anita K. Krug


Chicago-Kent College of Law


Anita K. Krug joined the Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty as dean on August 1, 2019. The first woman to be named permanent dean in the law school's history, Krug is an accomplished securities law scholar, an experienced leader in higher education, and a former law firm partner.

Before coming to Chicago-Kent, Krug was interim vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Washington's Bothell campus. She joined the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 as an assistant professor and moved up the ranks quickly. She earned tenure in 2014, served as the associate dean for research and faculty development from 2014 to 2016, and became a full professor in 2016. She served as interim dean of the law school from 2017 to 2018. During her tenure as dean, Krug worked to ensure the school’s financial stability, to enhance student success, to deepen engagements with alumni and the legal community, to promote diversity and inclusion, and to increase funds for scholarships. 

Before making the transition into teaching, Krug was a law firm partner with an active practice advising investment management firms. She parlayed that expertise into her scholarship. Her research has centered on such topics as the fiduciary duties of investment advisers and broker-dealers, disclosure requirements under the securities laws, commodity futures regulation, corporate structure and governance, and regulation governing financial firm bankruptcies. 

Krug has published articles in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Boston University Law Review. Her article “Investing and Pretending,” published in the Iowa Law Review, was selected for the 2015 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School. 

Before entering academia, Krug practiced securities law—first as an associate and then as a partner—at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC (now Arnold & Porter LLP) in San Francisco. Before that, she was an associate at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston and worked part-time as an attorney at Hale and Dorr LLP (now Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP) in Boston while completing her Ph.D. dissertation. 

Krug earned her Ph.D. and master's degrees in political science from Harvard University and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Krug graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a B.A. degree in political science and economics and, immediately after earning her bachelor’s degree, spent a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • A.M., Harvard University
  • B.A., Kansas State University