Jeanine Alvarez

Jeanine Alvarez smiling in front of her harp

Ph.D. Student

Fontaine Fellow
Gondos-Beers Graduate Fellow 2023-2024

Jeanine Alvarez is a first-year PhD student interested in studying the intersection between private law and social formations in the United States. Her early research agenda includes an examination of the relationship between race and tort law during and after the Reconstruction era.

Prior to joining Penn’s History community, Jeanine worked at a large international law firm, where she represented a broad range of clients primarily in government and regulatory litigation and internal investigations. While at the firm, she participated in the inaugural cohort of the Columbia Law Scholars program (mentored by Professor Christina Ponsa-Kraus). From 2018 to 2019, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was the teaching assistant for Judge Greenaway’s Criminal Trial Practice course at Cardozo School of Law. She also provided research assistance for Judge Greenaway’s inaugural named lecture series on Law and Justice at Birmingham City University School of Law.

Advisor: Professor Karen Tani


B.A., American Studies (major) and Psychology (concentration), magna cum laude, Columbia University

J.D., Yale Law School

Research Interests

Legal history; race and law; 19th and 20th century U.S.