Berger-Howe Legal History Fellow
Harvard Law School
Nikolas Bowie is the Berger-Howe Legal History Fellow at Harvard Law School and a member of the criminal and postconviction appeals panel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defender agency of Massachusetts. He is also a PhD Candidate in history at Harvard University. He graduated from Yale College in 2009 and Harvard Law School in 2014. Between 2014 and 2016 he clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Nikolas's research interests include legal history, civil and criminal procedure, labor law, local government law, and constitutional law—particularly how the federal and state constitutions treat cities and other corporations. His dissertation, Corporate America: A History of Corporate Personhood and Corporate Statehood, examines the relationship between corporations and constitutions from the Massachusetts Bay Company to the present. The central theme is how Americans have understood corporations as forms of government in contrast to legal persons or private property.