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Nikolas Bowie, constitutional law and legal history scholar, named professor of law at Harvard

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Nikolas Bowie ’14, a scholar of constitutional law, local government law, and legal history, is being promoted to professor of law at Harvard Law School, effective July 1.

Bowie joined the Harvard Law faculty as an assistant professor in 2018. He was previously the Reginald Lewis Law Teaching Fellow at Harvard, while completing a Ph.D. in history at Harvard University.

“Niko Bowie brings creativity and brilliance to developing new and compelling ways of understanding constitutional law and legal history,” said John F. Manning ’85, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. “Professor Bowie is also an inspiring and dedicated teacher and a generous colleague whose energy and love of ideas have added so much to the Harvard Law School community.”

A historian who teaches courses in federal constitutional law, state constitutional law, and local government law, Bowie’s research focuses on critical legal histories of democracy in the United States.

“The workers and students of Harvard Law School have an incredibly important responsibility to help establish justice in the world around us,” said Bowie. “I am honored to have the confidence of the faculty that I will do my

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