is the Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Director of East Asian Legal Studies and the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law. He is the author of To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (Stanford University Press, 1995) and scores of articles concerning Chinese law and legal history, U.S.-East Asian relations, international law, the legal profession, and other subjects. Professor Alford earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst and holds graduate degrees from Yale (in Chinese and History), the University of Cambridge (in law), and Harvard Law School. He has served as a consultant to various entities of the U.S. government, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, Special Olympics, corporations, foreign governments, law firms and NGOs, and been a dispute resolution panelist under the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Foreign Law, and the Académie internationale de droit comparé; an Honorary Professor of Renmin University and Zhejiang University (PRC), and an Honorary Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Department of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; has served on the Executive Committee of the US Committee on Legal Education Exchange with China (CLEEC), and as Director of the China Center for American Law Study (in Beijing); is on the roster of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission arbitrators; is on a number of editorial boards; and is the recipient of numerous academic awards.
is the Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies. Jeanne previously served as the Graduate Program’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. A native of Hong Kong, Jeanne holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese History from Barnard College in New York City and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. Under the auspices of the U.S. Committee for Legal Education Exchange with China (CLEEC), she spent 18 months in China during 1985-86 as an Exchange Scholar, conducting research into Chinese industrial relations and labor law while also lecturing on U.S. administrative law and labor law at various universities, including Beijing University, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Southwest University of Politics and Law in Chongqing. Jeanne’s other professional experiences include practicing law for four years in the New York and London offices of Sullivan & Cromwell; pro bono and consulting work for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now known as Human Rights First); and teaching modern Chinese literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Jeanne has published two anthologies of translations of contemporary Chinese fiction, and has contributed essays and translations of modern Chinese poetry and fiction to several other anthologies. She maintains an active interest in literary, cultural, and legal developments in East Asia.
As the Graduate Program’s senior administrator, Jeanne has overall responsibility for academic programs, admissions, financial aid, and policy matters. She also is a resource for students with questions about scholarly work, courses, student life and careers in the law.
is the Director of Administration and Student Affairs and joined the Graduate Program in August of 2001. Originally from New Jersey, Nancy earned both a J.D. and an A.M. in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She also earned a B.A., in English, from Tufts University. A member of the New York Bar, Nancy previously worked as a lawyer in several corporate roles, including nearly three years in-house at the headquarters of a Japanese multinational. She has also worked as Coordinator for International Relations for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and as an English teacher at a Tokyo high school. Nancy enjoys reading, cooking, finding humor in unexpected areas, and exploring New England’s many outdoor and cultural offerings. She welcomes the chance to practice her foreign language skills (particularly Japanese, French, and some Spanish) and to learn new things about new places.
Nancy is responsible for administrative matters and for the academic affairs (course requirements, registration, writing requirements), overall coordination, and general student life issues for the Graduate Program population.
is the Graduate Program’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. She received her B.A., J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University and is a member of the New York Bar. Prior to joining the Graduate Program, Catherine was an associate and then partner in the corporate restructuring group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, having started her legal career as an associate in the business finance and restructuring group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Before attending law school, Catherine was the Assistant Director of J.D. Admissions at Duke University School of Law. Between practicing law and returning to academic administration, Catherine spent 18 months trekking and traveling in Nepal, India, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, and the U.K.
Catherine’s responsibilities include directing the admissions and financial aid processes and overseeing visa documentation and student billing matters. She is also a resource for students with general questions about student life and careers in law.
Jane Fair Bestor
is the Special Assistant to the Graduate Program. She earned her first two degrees (a B.A. and an M.A. in anthropology) at McGill University before taking her Ph.D. (in anthropology) at the University of Chicago. For her M.A. thesis she carried out fieldwork in Iranian Baluchistan on the incorporation of a regional system of peasants and nomads into the Iranian state. Her Ph.D. research was an archival study of dynasty and state formation in Italy between 1250 and 1500, with a focus on the House of Este. As a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School from 1993-1994, she studied the anthropology of law and the history of the formation of the ius commune from civil, canon, and feudal law. The results of this research have appeared in articles on succession and marital transactions in Past & Present, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Rivista internazionale di diritto commune and elsewhere. Jane has recently completed a book manuscript on succession and state formation in Italy.
Jane runs the LL.M. Writing Workshop, advises LL.M. students on admission to the S.J.D. program, and advises S.J.D. students on their study plans, dissertations, and other writing projects. She is available to help all students in the Graduate Program with general issues of research and writing and on getting by as a graduate student in general.
is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the Graduate Program. He obtained both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Duke University. Prior to joining the Graduate Program, James was Dean of Admissions and Prelaw Advisor for Shimer College in Chicago and was an associate in the litigation department at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York City. Before attending law school, James was the Assistant Director of J.D. Admissions at Duke University School of Law and was Associate Producer of the video documentary Waking in Mississippi. In his free time, James volunteers with the FIGMENT Project, a not-for-profit organization that produces participatory arts events in twelve cities and three different countries. He also enjoys camping and hiking with his wife and their English Shepherd.
James works closely with the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid on matters relating to the admissions process, financial aid, visa documentation, and student billing. He also welcomes general questions about student life and careers in law.
is the Administrative Coordinator and S.J.D. Program Assistant for the Graduate Program. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and, after earning a B.A. in Sociology at McGill University, she returned to the area and currently lives in Cambridge. In her spare time, Naomi enjoys crossword puzzles, anything having to do with food, and exploring all the great things this area has to offer.
Naomi can answer questions about the S.J.D. degree program, S.J.D. student life and academics, event planning, and Graduate Program website-related questions.
is the Administrative Coordinator and LL.M. Program Assistant for the Graduate Program. She moved to Boston after earning a B.A. in Journalism at the University of Connecticut. She enjoys yoga, bad jokes, and reading about English history.
Caitie can answer questions about the LL.M. degree program, LL.M. student life and academics, mechanics of course registration, and event planning.
Deisy Carrera del Cid
is the Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator for the Graduate Program. Prior to joining HLS, Deisy served as the Fellows Assistant at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Deisy was raised in Guatemala and attended Mount Holyoke College, where she completed an immigration program in Rabat, Morocco, and graduated with a degree in International Relations and Gender Studies. Upon graduation, she worked for the office of Congressman Juan Vargas as the immigration and women’s issues representative before becoming an au pair in Montreux, Switzerland and Lyon, France. Deisy is fluent in Spanish and French and sits on the board of the historic Boston Synagogue.
Deisy can answer questions about admissions and financial aid for the LL.M. and S.J.D. degree programs.