Our Students - Profiles

Alexandra Havrylyshyn


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: ahavry@berkeley.edu


Ph.D. Candidate, JSP, UC Berkeley (ABD June 2015)
J.D. Candidate, Berkeley Law, Class of 2018 (First Year Distinction)
M.A., History, McGill University (Dean's Honour List), 2011
B.A., History and Political Science, McGill University (First Class Joint Honours), 2008


American Constitutional and Legal History
Critical Race Theory
French Atlantic History
Global History
Property Law
Mindfulness in Law


U.C. Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Graduate Student Grant (2017)
Dean's Completion Fellowship (2017)
Cromwell Fellowship for Early Career Scholars, awarded with the advice of the American Society for Legal History (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 in Canadian Studies (2012)
Selznick Doctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)
Center for German and European Studies Scholarship (2009)

Academic Experiences:

"Invoking the Freedom of French Soil in Antebellum Louisiana: An Atlantic Archival Prospectus," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2016)
"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: "Property and Liberty" (Fall 2016), "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)

Elected Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Directors, American Society for Legal History (2017-2019)
Peer Reviewer, Law and History Review
Berkeley Law Mindfulness Group Student Coordinator (2017-2018)

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, "Free Under the Laws of France: How Enslaved Women and Girls Argued for Liberty in Louisiana Courts, 1837-1857"