Chris Havasy is currently a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School and will be joining Penn State Dickinson Law in the Fall. His principal research interest is in administrative law and separation of powers, with an emphasis on examining the relationships between administrative agencies and civil society. His primary research and teaching interests are in administrative law, constitutional law, legislation, legal history, and statutory interpretation. He has additional interests in law and political economy, law of democracy, corporate governance, and legal philosophy.
His current projects examine the political legitimacy of the administrative state; the intellectual history of radical conceptions of administrative law and separation of powers; the use Enlightenment political thought in constitutional interpretation (with Josh Macey & Brian Richardson); and how corporate governance can learn from administrative law to improve the legitimacy of managerial decision-making (with Stavros Gadinis). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.
Chris is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Harvard University. Before entering his doctoral program, Chris worked at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the DOJ Criminal Division’s Office of Policy and Legislation, and the EEOC’s Appellate Services Division. Chris also has extensive pro bono experience in civil rights and criminal justice reform efforts.
He holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School where he was an executive editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He also has a M.A. in Government from Harvard and a Sc.B. magna cum laude with Honors in Political Science and Honors in Biology from Brown University.