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Alexandra Havrylyshyn


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: ahavry@berkeley.edu


Ph.D. Candidate, JSP, UC Berkeley
J.D. Candidate, Berkeley Law, Class of 2018
M.A., History, McGill University (Dean's Honour List), 2011
B.A., History and Political Science, McGill University (First Class Joint Honours), 2008


Legal History
Property Law
French Atlantic
Slavery and Civil Status
Human Rights
Mindfulness in Law


American Society for Legal History (ASLH) Cromwell Fellowship for Early Career Scholars (2016)
Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Fellowship (2014-2015)
Austin Sarat Award for best graduate student paper, " 'We Contest Her Status for Her': Resisting the Legality of Slavery in the French Atlantic (1740)," (2013)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship (2012-2015)
Hildebrand Research Fellowship (2012)
Selznick Doctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)
Center for German and European Studies Scholarship (2009)

Academic Experiences:

"Practitioners and Procurators in the Litigious Society of New France," Omohundro Institute (2015)
"Law, Emotions, and the Policing of Social Norms in New France," Law and Society Association (2015)
"Contesting the Status of Slavery in Early Canada," American Society for Legal History SRC (2014)
"Slaves to our Sovereign?" Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2014)
" 'We Contest Her Status for Her': Resisting the Legality of Slavery in the French Atlantic (1740)," ASLCH (2013)
"Troublesome Trials in New France: The Itinerary of an Ancien Régime Legal Practitioner, 1740-1743," Canadian Law and Society Association (May 2012)

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), for various courses at UC Berkeley, including: "American Legal and Constitutional History" (Spring 2016), "Comparative Legal Norms and Traditions" UC Berkeley (Spring 2015), and "The History and Practice of Human Rights" (Fall 2012; Fall 2013)
Invited Participant, Jordan Saunders Interdisciplinary Summer Workshop for University Instructors in
Constitutional History, Stanford Law School (July 2014)

Employment Experiences:

International Research Assistant, German Bundestag, Berlin (2010)
Intern, Academic and Research Relations, Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C. (2009)
Grant-Writer and Researcher for the YWCA, Montréal (2007)


Languages: English, French, German, Ukrainian

Dissertation Abstract:

Working Title, "Claims and Claimants of Free(d) Status in Louisiana: The Continuities of French Civil Law in America (1714-1857)"