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is the Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Director of East Asian Legal Studies and the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law. He is the author of To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (Stanford University Press, 1995) and scores of articles concerning Chinese law and legal history, U.S.-East Asian relations, international law, the legal profession, and other subjects. Professor Alford earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst and holds graduate degrees from Yale (in Chinese and History), the University of Cambridge (in law), and Harvard Law School. He has served as a consultant to various entities of the U.S. government, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, Special Olympics, corporations, foreign governments, law firms and NGOs, and been a dispute resolution panelist under the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Foreign Law, and the Académie internationale de droit comparé; an Honorary Professor of Renmin University and Zhejiang University (PRC), and an Honorary Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Department of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; has served on the Executive Committee of the US Committee on Legal Education Exchange with China (CLEEC), and as Director of the China Center for American Law Study (in Beijing); is on the roster of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission arbitrators; is on a number of editorial boards; and is the recipient of numerous academic awards.
is the Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies. Jeanne previously served as the Graduate Program's Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. A native of Hong Kong, Jeanne holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese History from Barnard College in New York City and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. Under the auspices of the U.S. Committee for Legal Education Exchange with China (CLEEC), she spent 18 months in China during 1985-86 as an Exchange Scholar, conducting research into Chinese industrial relations and labor law while also lecturing on U.S. administrative law and labor law at various universities, including Beijing University, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Southwest University of Politics and Law in Chongqing. Jeanne's other professional experiences include practicing law for four years in the New York and London offices of Sullivan & Cromwell; pro bono and consulting work for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now known as Human Rights First); and teaching modern Chinese literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Jeanne has published two anthologies of translations of contemporary Chinese fiction, and has contributed essays and translations of modern Chinese poetry and fiction to several other anthologies. She maintains an active interest in literary, cultural, and legal developments in East Asia.
As the Graduate Program’s senior administrator, Jeanne has overall responsibility for academic programs, admissions, financial aid, and policy matters. She also is a resource for students with questions about scholarly work, courses, student life and careers in the law.
the Director of Administration and Student Affairs, joined the Graduate Program in August of 2001. Originally from New Jersey, Nancy holds a J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the Washington University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a B.A., in English, from Tufts University. Before joining the Graduate Program, Nancy worked as counsel for Alpine Electronics, Inc., at the company's corporate headquarters in Japan, as Assistant Vice President and Associate Counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company, and as an attorney for edocs, Inc., a software company in Natick, Massachusetts. Having studied and worked in Japan, Nancy enjoys practicing her foreign language skills (particularly Japanese, French and some Spanish), and maintains a strong interest in all things international. Nancy is admitted to the practice of law in New York and New Jersey.
Nancy is responsible for administrative matters and for the academic affairs (course requirements, registration, writing requirements, exam information), overall coordination and general student life issues for the Graduate Program population.
is the Graduate Program’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. She obtained her B.A., J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University and is a member of the New York Bar. Prior to joining the Graduate Program, Catherine was a partner in the corporate restructuring group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York and directed special projects at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Before attending law school, Catherine spent four years as the Assistant Director of J.D. Admissions at Duke University School of Law.
Catherine’s responsibilities include directing the admissions and financial aid processes and overseeing visa documentation and student billing matters. She is also a resource for students with general questions about student life and careers in law.
is the Special Assistant to the Graduate Program. She earned her first two degrees (a B.A. and an M.A. in anthropology) at McGill University before taking her Ph.D. (in anthropology) at the University of Chicago. For her M.A. thesis she carried out fieldwork in Iranian Baluchistan on the incorporation of a regional system of peasants and nomads into the Iranian state. Her Ph.D. research was an archival study of dynasty and state formation in Italy between 1250 and 1500, with a focus on the House of Este. As a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School from 1993-1994, she studied the anthropology of law and the history of the formation of the ius commune from civil, canon, and feudal law. The results of this research have appeared in articles on succession and marital transactions in Past & Present, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Rivista internazionale di diritto commune and elsewhere. Jane has recently completed a book manuscript on succession and state formation in Italy.
Jane runs the LL.M. Writing Workshop, advises LL.M. students on admission to the S.J.D. program, and advises S.J.D. students on their study plans, dissertations, and other writing projects. She is available to help all students in the Graduate Program with general issues of research and writing and on getting by as a graduate student in general.
is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the Graduate Program. Originally from Connecticut, Heather holds a J.D. degree from the New England School of Law (formerly Portia Law School) and a B.A., in International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies, from Boston University. Before joining the Graduate Program, Heather worked as an Immigration Law Specialist with the law firm Hale & Dorr (now known as Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP), focusing on the area of Business and Family Immigration. She is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her spare time, Heather enjoys practicing her foreign language skills (particularly Spanish, French, Italian, and basic German) and performing with the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus.
Heather works closely with the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid on matters relating to the admissions process, financial aid, visa documentation, and student billing. She also welcomes general questions from students, researchers and scholars about social life in Cambridge and Boston.
is the Program Officer for International Legal Studies. She previously worked as Coordinator of Residential Life and Fellowship Programs for the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, encouraging community engagement among a diverse group of scholars of religion and facilitating international internships for HDS students. Alicia has her M.Ed in education policy, planning, and administration from Boston University and BA from Mount Holyoke College. She is originally from the hill towns of western Massachusetts and enjoys return visits whenever possible.
is the Admissions and Financial Aid Administrator for the Graduate Program. Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Christine holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a M.A. in Communication from Johns Hopkins University where she concentrated in political communication. Before joining the Graduate Program, Christine served as the Assistant Field Office Coordinator for the Semester at Sea program where she traveled to 19 countries while coordinating in-country field excursions for the Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 voyages. Having circumnavigated the globe twice with the Semester at Sea program, it is obvious that Christine is passionate about international education and travel.
is the Administrative Coordinator and LL.M. Program Assistant for the Graduate Program. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ashley attended Wake Forest University and enjoyed a semester abroad in London, England. She graduated with a B.A. in History and then moved up to the Boston area to pursue her Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining the Graduate Program, Ashley worked in the Registrar’s Office at the Harvard School of Public Health. When she’s not working with Graduate Program students, Ashley enjoys reading, running, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Ashley can answer questions about the LL.M. degree program, LL.M. student life and academics, mechanics of course registration, and event planning.
is a Staff Assistant for the Graduate Program’s Admissions and Financial Aid Office. After working at several top-tier law schools, Melissa joined the Law School Graduate Admissions Office in May 2010 and is an avid Red Sox fan.
Melissa can answer questions about admission requirements and application procedures for the LL.M. and S.J.D. Programs. She also maintains the electronic and archived files, and serves as the assistant to the Graduate Program Assistant Dean.
is the Staff Assistant for the Graduate Program. Sarah obtained her A.B. from Wellesley College and, except for brief stints in London and back home in New York City, she has lived in the Boston area ever since. Before joining the Graduate Program in the summer of 2012, Sarah spent five years at Harvard Graduate School of Education working in research administration. Prior to Harvard, Sarah was manager at The Paper Source in Brookline, MA. Outside of the Graduate Program office, Sarah likes to make her son giggle, ride her bike, and knit.
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