Nikolas Bowie is a PhD candidate in history and the Reginald Lewis Legal Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School. His research interests include the legal history of corporations, cities, labor unions, and other institutions. His dissertation, Corporate America: A History of Corporate Personhood and Corporate Statehood, examines the relationship between corporations and constitutions from the Massachusetts Bay Company to the present. The central theme is how Americans have understood corporations as forms of government in contrast to legal persons or private property.
Nikolas received a B.A. in history from Yale in 2009, an M.A. in history from Harvard in 2011, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2014. From 2014–15 he clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and from 2015–16 he clerked for Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States.