Illustration by Nicolle Rager Fuller, courtesy of the U.S. National Science Foundation. "NSF: transforming the world through science.".

"NSF: transforming the world through science."  Illustration  by Nicolle Rager Fuller, courtesy of the National Science Foundation.

Message from Samantha Barbas, Director

Samantha Barbas.

Samantha Barbas

Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of The Baldy Center Magazine. The past academic year has been a challenging time for all of us, as we’ve adapted to virtual research, online engagement, and socially distanced lives.

The Baldy Center's past and present fellows and grant recipients have demonstrated extraordinary resilience in advancing their important research in these changing and unusual times. This issue of the magazine highlights the work of The Baldy Center's affiliated scholars on an array of subjects and topics, all focused on themes of crisis and resolution. 

We feature the work of David Herzberg and Marie Jauffret-Roustide, who each confront the global public health crisis of drug use and addiction in their work. We present Deborah Waldrop’s work at the intersection of law and health care, with her focus on end-of-life decision-making. We focus on how Alison Des Forges' passion for justice as a scholar/activist on the world's stage became the inspiration for an educational enterprise sponsored, in part, by the Baldy Center since 2012.

An insight article highlights Joanne McLaughlin’s study of intersectionality of age and gender in discrimination law and policy. The magazine also profiles of five scholars at the University at Buffalo pursuing exciting new research in the law and society field. We invite you to learn about our cutting-edge work at the intersection of law, legal institutions, and social policy in our virtual magazine.





  • 9/7/21
    April 14, 15 & 16, 2021: While medical humanities have tended to focus almost exclusively on humans, a medical posthumanities, by contrast, would take seriously the role of "more-than-human" actors to explore the complex entanglements of human, animal, and ecological health. Given that the human individual has long served as the subject of liberal societies and the systems of governance to which they gave rise, the legal implications of a medical posthumanities are immediate.
  • 7/6/21
    The Del Cotto Professorship, The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Buffalo Law Review are pleased to announce publication of the symposium issue Serious Fun: A conference with & around Schlegel!  Essays focus on legal and economic history, legal scholarship, and teaching. Serious Fun is being planned. The 2021 symposium issue is here.
  • Hadar Aviram, Book Talk: March 5, 2021

    Join us for an online talk by Hadar Aviram, March 5, Friday, at 12:00 p.m. The author will discuss her recent book, Yesterday's Monsters The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole (UC Press, 2020). Aviram specializes in criminal justice, civil rights, law and politics, and social movements. Her research employs socio-legal perspectives and methodologies. Her blog, California Correctional Crisis, covers criminal justice policy in California. In related news, it was reported that an imprisoned follower of Manson convicted in the 1969 killing spree was denied parole for the fourth time in four years. The Baldy Center book talk is co-sponsored by the UB Department of Sociology. Learn more.


Multimedia Production Team

Spring 2021 Multimedia ProducTION TEAM at The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy

Aldiama Anthony, BS
UB School of Law JD, 2021
Blog Producer, magazine writer

Jay Carreira
UB College of Arts & Sciences Honors College, BA expected 2022
Social Media producer, magazine writer

Rebecca Dingle
UB College of Arts & Sciences Honors College, BA expected 2021
Social media producer, magazine writer

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director of The Baldy Center

Azalia Muchransyah
UB Department of Media Study, PhD, 2021
Podcast producer

Laura Wirth, MS
Assistant Director of The Baldy Center