Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law
Nikolas Bowie is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is a historian who teaches courses in federal constitutional law, state constitutional law, and local government law. His research focuses on critical legal histories of democracy in the United States.
Professor Bowie was the 2021 recipient of the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence from the graduating class at Harvard Law School. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Law and History Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written essays for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and other publications.
In addition to teaching and writing, Professor Bowie litigates criminal and civil appeals. He is on the boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts, Lawyers for Civil Rights, MassVote, and People’s Parity Project. 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 clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the US Supreme Court.
- B.A. History Yale University, 2009
- A.M. History Harvard University, 2011
- J.D. Harvard Law School, 2014
- Ph.D. History Harvard University, 2018
- Nikolas Bowie & Daphna Renan, The Supreme Court Is Not Supposed to Have This Much Power, Atlantic (June 8, 2022).
- Nikolas Bowie & Daphna Renan, The Separation-of-Powers Counterrevolution, 133 Yale L.J. (2022).
- Nikolas E. Bowie and Norah Rast, The Imaginary Immigration Clause, 120 Mich. L. Rev. 1419 (2022).
- Nikolas Bowie, Antidemocracy, 135 Harv. L. Rev. 160 (2021).
- Nikolas Bowie, How the Supreme Court Dominates Our Democracy, Wash. Post, Jul. 16, 2021.