Baldy Senior Fellows are accomplished academics and
professionals, usually faculty members at other universities, who
pursue intensive scholarly projects closely related to the mission
of the Baldy Center. They utilize UB’s extensive research
resources, participate regularly in Baldy Center events, and share
their expertise with the larger Baldy community.
Prof. Margaret A. Shannon (Senior Fellow, 2014- ) is a widely published and highly regarded scholar of forest and natural resources governance, law, and policy. She recently completed five years as the Director of the European Forest Institute’s “Forest Policy, Economics, and Governance Education and Research Program” (FOPER) in the Western Balkans. She coordinated a team of over one hundred researchers and educators in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia in an intensive process of building academic capacity and research institutions.
She currently serves as Professor in Honor in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Her previous positions include Professor and Associate Dean of the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont; Research Professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School; Associate Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse University; Corkery Professor of Forest Policy at the University of Washington; Associate Professor of Natural Resources Policy and Sociology at the SUNY School of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Syracuse; and Senior Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon.
Her current research topics include participation and adaptation in environmental governance; place-making and social conflict; and the changing nature of sustainable forestry. Her work at Baldy Center focuses on changing roles and interaction patterns in transnational environmental governance.
Prof. Kathleen Biddick (Senior Fellow, 2012-13) is Professor Emeritus of History at Temple University. She has authored books in the fields of medieval studies, critical historiography, and theory: The Other Economy; The Shock of Medievalism; The Typological Imaginary: Circumcision, Technology and History. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships: Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford Humanities Center, Dartmouth Humanities Center, National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies Curriculum Development Award. Her current book project, Entangled Sovereignty: A Study in Premodern Political Theology, delves into the return of the miracle in contemporary theories of sovereignty and discusses its importance for premodern scholars and for contemporary theory.
She traces the links between the discourse of the most powerful abbey of twelfth-century Christendom, Cluny in Burgundy, which defined miracle-making in terms of its declared enemies, Jews and Muslim, and the theoretical writings of Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito and Jean-Luc Nancy. The project argues that these medieval dead neighbors of Cluny remain undead and driven in the drive of contemporary theory, until their archive is recognized and embraced. During her stay at the Baldy Center in Spring 2013, she worked to turn her studies into a monograph.
Her time at the Baldy Center has already born fruit and the following essays have recently appeared. "What does “Deconstructing Christianity” Want?" Minnesota Review, (Special Issue on Medieval Studies and Theory) No. 80 ( 2013): 83-94. (4) “Transmedieval Mattering and the Untimeliness of the Real Presence,” Postmedieval, 4 (2) 2013: 238-252. “How do New Things Come into the World of Feminist History?” invited review essay,Journal of Social History,46 (4) 2013:1060-1065. “Zombie Flesh and Blood and the Real Presence (then and now), Theory@Buffalo, issue # 17 (Fall 2013)
Prof. Angela Harris (Senior Fellow, 2009-11) Professor Angela P. Harris joined the U.C. Davis School of Law faculty in 2011. She began her career at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 1989, and has been a visiting professor at the law schools of Stanford, Yale, and Georgetown and vice dean of research and faculty development at the SUNY Buffalo Law School. She writes widely in the field of critical legal theory, examining how law sometimes reinforces and sometimes challenges subordination on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, class, and other dimensions of power and identity.
Harris is also a prolific co-author of casebooks, including Criminal Law: Cases and Materials; Race and Races: Cases and Materials for a Diverse America; Gender and Law; and Economic Justice. Her writings have been widely anthologized and have been translated into many languages, from Portuguese to Korean. Harris received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in social science (with a specialization in the sociology of culture) from the University of Chicago, where she also received her J.D. She clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and then briefly practiced with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco before making her way to Berkeley.
At the University at Buffalo, along with Professor Stephanie Phillips, she pioneered a seminar called “Mindfulness and Professional Identity: Becoming a Lawyer While Keeping Your Values Intact.” She is the recipient of the Rutter Award for Distinction in Teaching from Berkeley Law, and received the 2008 Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Section of the Association of American Law Schools for her mentorship of students and junior faculty.