The Baldy Center Magazine.

Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2020

The Baldy Center Magazine

Message from Samantha Barbas, Director

Samantha Barbas.

Samantha Barbas

Welcome to the Fall 2020 edition of our Baldy Center magazine, our inaugural issue. The Baldy Center, along with many others around the world, shifted to remote work in March 2020. The months since have offered challenges to us all, as we adapt to virtual research, online engagement, and socially distanced lives. The Baldy Center's past and present fellows and grant recipients have demonstrated their resilience throughout, adapting and advancing their important research in these changing and unusual times. We invite you to learn about their cutting-edge work at the intersection of law, legal institutions, and social policy in our virtual magazine.



  • 10/12/20
    The Baldy Center has moved online. Social distancing and travel restrictions interrupted our normal dynamic, in-person talks, workshops, and conferences for the foreseeable future, but our community of scholars still are actively engaged in research and writing. We are pleased to announce new online initiatives to bring their work to you, wherever you are. 
  • 7/28/20
    Episode 1 of the podcast features UB School of Law professor Mark Bartholomew. Professor Bartholomew discusses the pandemic, contact tracing, and the tension between public health security and privacy in using technology to track the coronavirus. Mark Bartholomew received a 2018-2019 research grant from the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy to help support his research, “The Law of Advertising Outrage.” 
  • 8/7/20
    Episode 2 of the podcast features UB School of Law professor Irus Braverman discussing her upcoming workshop, Medical Posthumanities: Governing Health Beyond the Human. Braverman's work explores holistic approaches to health that include scientific, natural science discussions between ecologists and virologists that also takes into consideration social and cultural understandings and also legal norms.
  • 9/9/20
    Episode 3 of the podcast features David A. Westbrook, UB School of Law and Mark Maguire, National University of Ireland Maynooth. Professors Westbrook and Maguire discuss airport security and counterterrorism, and their new book, Getting Through Security: Counterterrorism, Bureaucracy, and a Sense of the Modern (Routledge, 2020).
  • 11/9/20
    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 Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for all the Baldy Center news.


Table of Contents

Multimedia Production Team

Summer/Fall 2020 Multimedia ProducTION TEAM at The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy

Aldiama Anthony, BS
UB School of Law JD expected 2021
Blog 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

Cecilia Meyer, BA
UB School of Law, JD expected 2021
Magazine writer and editorial staff, podcast transcriber

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

Laura Wirth, MS
Assistant Director of The Baldy Center