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Alexandra Maravel

Alexandra Maravel

Adjunct Professor of History

Email: maravela@ccsu.edu

Alexandra Maravel received her A.B. degree from Wellesley College in 1974 and her J.D. in 1977 from Columbia University where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is a member of the bar of Connecticut as well as several other states. She was the editor of the Bureau of National Affairs’ International Trade Reporter Import Reference Manual from 1986 through 2011.

Professor Maravel’s career illustrates that life is full of wonderful surprises. You can use your intellect, your passion, and your research and writing skills to pursue any goal and adapt to profound changes in the world. When she practiced law her career took her all over the nation and across the great divide between a time of paper, pens and typewriters to a time of digital databases, computer interfaces and a world of libraries open at the stroke of a key.

After writing a treatise on U.S. import trade law, attorney Maravel eventually became associate professor Maravel at New York Law School. Teaching and writing in the field of international law led her to a legal conference that sparked an interest in legal history that changed her life’s direction once again. U.S. legal history became her new research passion and teaching history instead of law allowed her to continue the immense pleasure of the classroom.

Professor Maravel has taught all levels of U.S. history, from entry level surveys, through the historical methods course, to the history major’s capstone experience. She has also taught legal research methods for historians at the graduate level. Her career in the CSU system includes full-time positions at Central as well as Southern, in addition to her current adjunct position.

Along the winding path of her career Professor Maravel has met some amazing students, and students continue to make her job sheer joy. If you had asked her at the beginning of her working life if she’d be doing this today, she would have said no. Life just kept surprising her. She can think of no profession more challenging or fulfilling than teaching.

Selected publications:

  • United States Import Trade Law , with Eugene T. Rossides, (Butterworths, 1992).
  • Foreign Unfair Competition: Practice and Procedure, with Eugene T. Rossides, (The Bureau of National Affairs, 4th ed. 1999). 
  • “A Wongunk Women’s Community and Connecticut Law,” with Katherine A. Hermes, in Eighteenth Century Native Communities of Southern New England In the Colonial Context, ed. Jack Campisi.  (Mashantucket, CT: The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, 2006).
  • “‘I, Pampenum’: Native American Women’s Use of Connecticut’s Colonial Courts,” with Katherine A. Hermes, in Communities of Women, eds. Barbara Brooks and Dorothy Page, (Dunedin, NZ: University of Otago Press, 2002).
  • “The Public Face of Uncas: Documents from Colonial Records,” Connecticut History 43, no. 2 (Fall, 2004). 
  • “Intercountry Adoption and the Flight From Unwed Fathers’ Rights: Whose Right Is It Anyway?” 48 South Carolina Law Review 498 (1997).
  • “Constructing Democracy in the North American Free Trade Area,” 16Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 331 (1996).
  • “The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Conference on Private International Law: The Dynamics of Children’s Rights Through Legal Strata,” 6 Transnational Law and Contemporary Problemsa Journal of the University of Iowa College of Law 309 (1996).
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