The Baldy Center is a focal point for the large group of scholars working on law, legal institutions, and social policy in the University at Buffalo community. The Center and Buffalo scholarly community are also closely connected to regional, national, and global sociolegal scholars. Accordingly, the Center seeks to facilitate the work of scholars with law and policy related interests by linking them into the Baldy community and its substantial scholarly resources.
Matthew Bach earned his MSc in Environmental Governance at the University of Freiburg in 2015, and is currently pursuing a PhD there under the guidance of SUNY Distinguished Professor Errol Meidinger. He is researching the changing role of oil and gas firms in climate change governance with a focus on the factors driving their engagement, the positions that they are taking, and the mechanisms and pathways that they are deploying in relation to climate crisis governance. His work has been featured in Environment and Environmental Politics, and builds on his earlier exploration of non-state governance arrangements in the extractive industries, which he has presented across the EU and the US, including at a Baldy Center workshop in 2014.
From 2015 to 2017, Matthew was a researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he coordinated large grants on translocal sustainability governance and edited a Springer volume on urban futures. Since 2017, Matthew has been a governance programme officer for ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global city network, where he leads a prestigious Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission, which develops solutions for sustainable and just cities. Matthew holds a Bachelors in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2005), and has worked across the Middle East and the former Soviet Union for international organizations and the private sector.
Daniel Brantes Ferreira earned his PhD in Constitutional Law at the Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro in 2011 and was a visiting scholar at UB Law School (2009) researching Legal Realism under the guidance of UB Distinguished Professor John Henry Schlegel. Having taught in several Law Schools in Rio de Janeiro, such as the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2008-2009), FGV-Rio (2010), University Cândido Mendes (2012), Daniel became the Dean of Brazilian Institute of Capital Market Law School in 2014, where he worked also as a full professor until 2017. During this period, in 2016, he was awarded the Tiradentes Medal from the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro as recognition for his contribution to Rio de Janeiro’s legal education.
Currently Daniel is a professor at Universidade Cândido Mendes and Vice-President for Academic affairs at the Brazilian Center of Arbitration and Mediation (CBMA), where he is also an arbitrator. Daniel is also President of the Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro Section, Legislative Affairs Comission. Moreover, he recently finished his post-doctoral research at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, where he wrote a paper comparing the judicial precedents system in the U.S and Brazil, and its use by arbitrators in both countries. Daniel’s main research publications are concentrated in the areas of legal theory, legal history, legal education, comparative studies, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Daniel is also partner at Bruno Freire Law Firm where he practices labor law and torts. At the Baldy Center he is engaged in researching American Legal Realism.
Jennifer L. Gaynor earned her PhD in History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and prior to coming to SUNY at Buffalo held fellowships at Michigan, Cornell, and the Australian National University. A scholar of Southeast Asia and its surrounding seas from the seventeenth century to the present, she is the author of Intertidal History in Island Southeast Asia: Submerged Genealogy and the Legacy of Coastal Capture (Cornell University Press, 2016). She has contributed chapters to Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures and Transoceanic Exchanges, edited by Jerry Bentley, Renate Bridenthal, and Kären Wigen (University of Hawai'i Press, 2007); Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, edited by Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson (Duke University Press, forthcoming); and Early Modern East Asia: War, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange: Essays in Honor of John E. Wills, Jr., edited by Kenneth Swope and Tonio Andrade (Routledge, Asian States and Empires, 2017). Among other articles, she has written about cross-regional thinking and ages of sail in The Journal of World History; analyzed the political economy of nature in a global age in Radical History Review; and theorized piracy through Southeast Asian history in Anthropological Quarterly. Recently, she has been building on her early modern findings through a series of European conferences and workshops, largely on the history of slavery in Asia. At the same time, she is also engaged in a second book project, on contemporary history, that crosses archipelagos and ocean basins to examine land reclamation for strategic reasons and capitalist gain.
Rachael K. Hinkle earned her PhD in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research agenda focuses on judicial politics with particular attention to gleaning insights into legal development from the content of judicial opinions through the use of computational text analytic techniques. This work is informed by her experience clerking for the Honorable David W. McKeague in the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Honorable Robert C. Broomfield in the U.S District Court.
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. Her research focuses on cultural transformation within systems of knowledge and power, and she centers her work in the perspective of Mapuche shamans in Chile and Argentina, their communities, and their critics. She studies how and why powerful outsiders imagine shamans as exotic remnants of a folkloric past, as sorcerers and gender deviants, as savage terrorists, or as lacking historical consciousness and investigates the complex ways in which shamans and their communities play off and challenge these stereotypes for a variety of ends.
While at the Baldy Center, Jennifer S. Hunt was an associate professor of Psychology at SUNY Buffalo State College, after completing a six year term as Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies program. After the Baldy Fellowship, Jennifer accepted appointments as associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Psychology, and, an Interdisciplinary Fellow of the College of Law, University of Kentucky.
Jenn’s research uses empirical social psychology to examine how race, ethnicity, and culture impact juror decision making, leading to discrimination in legal outcomes, as well as influence jurors’ participation and behavior during deliberation. In addition, her work examines jurors’ use of character evidence, revealing that jurors often misuse this information in ways that are detrimental to defendants. Jenn also conducts basic social psychological research on gender ideology, influences on gender development, and stereotype processes. Her work has been published in a number of journals and books and been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Tricia Semmelhack received her JD (SUNY Buffalo '74) and entered private practice with a focus on intellectual property, computer law and licensing. Her earlier education (Brown University AB'60)and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MA'61) focused on international relations. During her career, she co-founded and chaired the Intellectual Property Law Section of the NYS Bar Association, and presented numerous papers in the US and Canada on IP and computer issues. A special paper was given in China to the Shanghai Business Men's Association on the copyrightability of computer software when China was engaged in rampant piracy of US protected works. Having retired from her partnership at Hodgson Russ LLP, she has renewed her interest in international law with a close study of Hugo Grotius's famous work, The Law of War and Peace.