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Since 2005, Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History Fellows have gone on to amazing careers in the legal academy. Among the alumni and alumnae of the program are tenured professors at the top law schools in the United States. The following table provides detailed information about the current work of former fellows.

2022-23 Berger-Howe Fellow

Jesse James

Jesse James is the  Berger-Howe Fellow at Harvard Law School. He is a Classicist and legal historian whose research focuses on law and legal systems in the ancient Greek world. He is particularly interested in bringing modern research and theory to bear on our interpretation of history and historical texts, and in exploring the ways that social, ethical, and legal factors interact to affect individual and collective behavior from the local to the international scale. His dissertation, which he is currently converting into a book, interprets ancient Greek international law through a sociological lens, arguing that Greek states and individuals complied with and enforced international law in part because of social and ethical motivations conditioned by rich social networks that permeated the Greek international world. It also reveals that international law was more extensive, and more important to Greeks themselves and the course of Greek history, than historians have traditionally granted.

Jesse’s work is characterized by drawing connections between ancient and modern. An article forthcoming in the Journal of Hellenic Studies interprets Thucydides’ history in light of contemporary philosophy; elsewhere he describes limitations of new institutional economic analysis in the ancient Greek context. His newest project explores how certain aspects of ancient Greek legal practice were rediscovered in the Renaissance and incorporated into European and English practice in ways that can still be discerned in courtrooms today.

Jesse holds a PhD in Classics from Columbia University and a JD from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he was a member of the California Law Review. He also has degrees from the University of Virginia (MA, Classics) and Cornell University (BA, Classics). He practiced law for several years as a litigator in New York, has been a Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies.

Berger-Howe Fellow Fellowship Year(s) Current Position
Jamie Grischkan 2020-2021 Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History
NYU School of Law
Lael Weinberger 2019-2020 Olin-Searle-Smith Fellow in Law
Harvard Law School
William P. Sullivan 2018-2019 Drinan Research Fellow
Boston College Law School
Marie-Amelie George 2017-2018 Assistant Professor of Law
Wake Forest School of Law
Nikolas Bowie 2016-2017 Assistant Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Adam Lebovitz 2015-2016 WYNG Research Fellow in Political Theory and Philosophy
University of Cambridge
Maeve Glass 2014-2015 Associate Professor of Law
Columbia Law School
Sara Mayeux 2013-2014 Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of History
Vanderbilt Law School
Peter C. Pihos 2012-2013 Assistant Professor of History
Western Washington University
Sam Erman 2011-2012 Professor of Law
USC Gould School of Law
Jedidiah Kroncke 2010-2011 Associate Professor
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
Deborah Dinner 2009-2010 Professor of Law
Cornell Law School
Kara Swanson 2008-2009 Professor of Law
Northeastern University School of Law
Cynthia Nicoletti 2007-2008 Professor of Law and Professor of History
University of Virginia School of Law
R. Owen Williams 2007-2008 Author
Diana I. Williams 2006-2007
Daniel I. Sharfstein 2005-2006 Dick and Martha Lansden Chair in Law and Professor of History
Vanderbilt Law School

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