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The Baldy Center blog features interdisciplinary perspectives on research and current events from interdisciplinary UB scholars whose work intersects with law, legal institutions, and social policy. New blogs will be released twice a month during each academic semester. Subscribe to be informed when new blogs are posted, or follow us on Twitter for all The Baldy Center updates.

2020-2021 Edition

Blog Host/Producer

Aldiama Anthony.

Aldiama Anthony 

Aldiama Anthony is an international student from the Commonwealth of Dominica, currently in her third year of law school at the University at Buffalo School of Law. Her interest in law began during her undergraduate studies at Monroe College, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with summa cum laude honors. Ms. Anthony is currently the 2020-2021 BLSA president of her law school’s chapter, the Honorary Law Student of the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York, and the Parliamentarian for the Student Bar Association at the University at Buffalo School of Law. In her spare time, Ms. Anthony enjoys networking, traveling the world, and blogging her life experiences on social media.

Executive Producers

Samantha Barbas, Professor, Director of the Baldy Center
Caroline Funk, Associate Director of the Baldy Center

Blog 10: Aldiama Anthony reflects on the article “School definitely failed me, the system failed me” — Identifying opportunities to impact educational outcomes for homeless and child welfare-involved youth.

Photographic representation courtesy of Canva, 2021.

Photographic representation courtesy of Canva, 2021.

Blog Author: Aldiama Anthony, J.D. Candidate 2021, University at Buffalo School of Law, President, UB Black Law Student Association
Introduction: 
When you hear the word "homeless," what exactly comes to mind? Most times, the term immediately conjures up an image of a single adult sleeping under a bridge, in a park, or a car. In fact, very few fully understand the growing crisis of homeless youth. There is a significant body of research on educational outcomes for children and youth who experience homelessness and on outcomes for youth in foster care, yet little research that focuses on youth who have experienced all of these challenges. A study conducted by three Baldy Center research grant recipients, Annahita Ball, Elizabeth Bowen, and Annette Semanchin-Jones, “School definitely failed me, the system failed me,” takes a cross-system research approach to this critical, but rarely addressed social issue affecting youths in our society.

Blog 9: Rachael K. Hinkle, Unintended Consequences: How the Publication Norm as a Tool of Compromise Reduces the Influence of Female and Minority Judges

Photo courtesy of Canva Pro, 2021.

Photograph courtesy of Canva Pro, 2021.

Blog Author: Rachael K. Hinkle, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Introduction: Even when women and people of color achieve positions of political power, that does not guarantee they will be able to wield the same amount of influence as similarly-situated white men.  Institutional norms may combine with social constructions of difference to create a system in which power is distributed disproportionately. Such a pattern is evident in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Benign procedural practices and laudable deliberative processes combine with divergent viewpoints generated by fundamentally different social experiences to create a system in which power is exercised unequally.  

Blog 8: Aldiama Anthony reflects on a study by Anya Bernstein, “Interpenetration of Powers: Channels and Obstacles for Populist Impulses”

Photograph by Ryoji Iwata via UnSplash.

Photograph by Ryoji Iwata, on UnSplash.

Blog Author: Aldiama Anthony, J.D. Candidate 2021, University at Buffalo School of Law, President, UB Black Law Student Association

Introduction:
A study conducted by a Baldy Center research grant recipient, Anya Bernstein, “Interpenetration of Powers: Channels and Obstacles for Populist Impulses,” turns to political pragmatics focused on the people who actually populate the government by drawing on interviews with administrators in the government of two successful but quite different democracies – the United States and Taiwan. The study explores the separation of powers consciousness, the political identity of those who govern, and the separation, interpretation, and executive consolidation of government.

Blog 7: Laina Y. Bay-Cheng, No Choice But “Yes”: Strategic Consent to Unwanted Sex

Blog 7: No Choice But “Yes”: Strategic Consent to Unwanted Sex; Photo courtesy of the author.

Photo courtesy of the author.

Blog Author: Laina Y. Bay-Cheng, MSW, PhD, University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  This blog represents the personal reflections of the author.

Introduction:
One of the most widely-used comprehensive sex ed curricula in the U.S. is entitled, Making Proud Choices! Echoing this cheerleading (and imploring) sentiment is the sex ed program offered youth in Maryland’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems, Power Through Choices, which includes the lesson, Creating the Future You Want.

Blog 6: Elizabeth Bowen and Nicole Capozziello, A Human Rights Perspective on Homelessness and COVID-19

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Blog Authors: Elizabeth Bowen, PhD, and Nicole Capozziello, MSW. This blog represents the personal reflections of the author.

Introduction:
 In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warned of the unique and devastating havoc that the novel illness could wreak on people experiencing homelessness, an already vulnerable population. While reports thus far suggest that neither the prevalence nor mortality of COVID-19 among people who are homeless has been as severe as feared, the pandemic has brought about opportunities to enact innovative and long overdue approaches to the issue of homelessness. Though there are compelling public health reasons for providing housing assistance and related services, we believe that there is more enduring value in reframing homelessness from a human rights perspective, ensuring housing to every American during the pandemic and beyond.

Blog 5: Nadine Shaanta Murshid, Unprecedented Times

Photo caption: A homeless woman cooking on the street during government-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 10, 2020.

Photo caption: A homeless woman cooking on the street during government-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 10, 2020. (Baldy Center/Shutterstock)

Blog Author: Nadine Shaanta Murshid, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. This blog is Professor Murshid’s personal reflection on Unprecedented Times.

Introduction: 
In my work, I focus on violence which is explicitly and implicitly embedded in patriarchy, racism, and capitalism. I hold institutions accountable as I analyze policies and procedures that produce the social problems that we see around us. Here are four thoughts I’d like to share.

Blog 4: Jaekyung Lee and Namsook Kim, “Aliens” on College Campuses: Immigrant and International Students’ Educational Opportunities and Challenges

Images from International Fiesta 2019 with the theme 'Human Nuture.' The event is organized by the International Council of the UB Student Association and took place March 9, 2019 in the Center for the Arts.

Image from International Fiesta 2019 with the theme 'Human Nuture.' The event is organized by the International Council of the UB Student Association and took place March 9, 2019 in the Center for the Arts, courtesy of UB SmugMug.

Blog Authors:  Jaekyung Lee, PhD, Graduate School of Education, and Namsook Kim, PhD, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo

Introduction:
 We would like to start with a pop quiz. What is one of the common background characteristics of the following people (in categories 1 and 2 each)?

(1) Madeline Albright (Former US Secretary of State), Kamala Harris (US Senator, Vice President Candidate), Sergey Brin (Google Co-Founder)

(2) Kofi Annan (Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate), Juan Manuel Santos (Former President of Columbia, Nobel Peace Laureate), Robin Yanhong Li (Baidu Co-Founder)

Blog 3: Matthew Steilen, The Place of Norms in Separating Power

We the People.

Blog Author: Matthew Steilen, Professor of Law, School of Law, University at Buffalo

Introduction: One of the chief intellectual discoveries of the past four years has been the degree to which government rests on norms: on a shared sense of the proper way to go about the business of government. This is unsurprising for followers of the law and society movement, with which the Baldy Center is so closely associated. From the beginning, scholars of law and society have demonstrated the limits of formalism in explaining how the law actually works. One can think of the Trump presidency as finally demonstrating for the wider world of legal scholars, the essential role of shared understandings, legal culture, accepted practice, informal conventions, and customs in our separation of powers. The judge-made doctrine has changed only at the margins, and its major holdings remain intact, but the real meaning of separation of powers has been altered dramatically.

Blog 2: Jinting Wu, Disability Segregation in an Age of Inclusion: Navigating Educational Pathways through Special Education Schools in Contemporary China

Disability Segregation in an Age of Inclusion: Navigating Educational Pathways through Special Education Schools in Contemporary China. Photograph courtesy of Debra Kolodczak, PhD, Copyright 2020. .

Photograph courtesy of Debra Kolodczak, PhD, Copyright 2020.

Blog Author: Jinting Wu, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo

Introduction: Across the globe, the impact of child disability on educational inequality has been relatively neglected. My current research focuses on the rising number of children with disabilities who grow up with stigma and bleak futures in China’s segregated special schools. By focusing on a uniquely marginalized population in a segregated educational setting, this research fills a compelling need to understand the intersection of disability and segregation – a dual marginality that continues to exist globally yet remains under-examined in educational, legal, and disability studies literature to date.

Blog 1: Silverman, Patterson, Wang: Taking on Stereotypes to Protect Fair and Affordable Housing Policies

Taking on Stereotypes to Protect Fair and Affordable Housing Policies. Housing project image courtesy of unsplash.

Photograph courtesy of unsplash.

Blog Authors: Robert Silverman, Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Kelly Patterson, School of Social Work; Chihuangji Wang, Doctoral Student, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Introduction: Our article, “Questioning Stereotypes about U.S. Site-Based Subsidized Housing” (forthcoming in the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis), grew out of work done with the support of a Baldy Center research grant. The research examined data for all public housing and other site-based subsidized properties in the U.S. in order to determine the veracity of long-standing stereotypes about these properties. Stereotypes about government subsidized housing have dominated public discourse since the early 1950s. In many respects, these stereotypes have penetrated debates about public policies designed to address the shortage of affordable housing and become a mainstay in American society. This is true when public housing is discussed, but also with respect to the spectrum of fair and affordable housing policy.

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