Nikolas Bowie

Nikolas Bowie

Assistant Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
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Nikolas Bowie is an assistant professor of law at Harvard Law School. He is a historian who teaches and writes about federal and state constitutional law and local government law. He is currently researching how the federal and state constitutions have been interpreted to protect cities from being subordinated by larger governments. He is also researching why the federal and state constitutions were written down in the first place. 

In addition to teaching and writing, Bowie litigates appeals with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defender agency of Massachusetts. He sits on the City of Cambridge’s planning board, which applies and recommends changes to the city’s zoning ordinance. He is on the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, which advocates on behalf of immigrants and people of color. He is also an avid marathoner. 

Professor Bowie received a BA in history from Yale and a JD and PhD in history from Harvard. He wrote his dissertation on the history of American corporations since 1629, emphasizing how people have thought of corporations as forms of government that require the same checks and balances as states. Between law school and graduate school, Professor Bowie clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the US Supreme Court.