Anna Lvovsky is a Professor of Law and an Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University. At the Law School, she teaches courses on American legal history, the history of policing, evidence, and criminal law.
Professor Lvovsky’s scholarship focuses on the legal and cultural dimensions of policing, judicial uses of professional knowledge, and the regulation of gender and sexuality. Her first book, Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall, was published in 2021 by the University of Chicago Press. Vice Patrol has received the 2022 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Studies and was the 2021 finalist for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American legal history. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Journal of Urban History.
Prior to joining HLS, Professor Lvovsky was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. She clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Lvovsky graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was articles co-chair of the Harvard Law Review and the recipient of the LGBTQ Writing Prize, and received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. She earned a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College.
- B.A. Literature and Intellectual History Yale University, 2007
- J.D. Harvard Law School, 2013
- Ph.D. History of American Civilization Harvard University, 2015
- Anna Lvovsky, Should Judges Defer to Police Expertise?, Lawfare (Feb. 17, 2022, 11:36 AM).
- Anna Lvovsky, Rethinking Police Expertise, 131 Yale L.J. 475 (2021).
- Anna Lvovsky, Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall (2021).
- Anna Lvovsky, Cruising in Plain View: Clandestine Surveillance and the Unique Insights of Antihomosexual Policing, 46 J. Urb. Hist. 980 (2020).
- Anna Lvovsky, Fourth Amendment Moralism, 166 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1189 (2018).