Kathryn B. Friedman, PhD, JD

UB Regional Institute, Director of Cross-Border and International Research
Research Associate Professor of Law and Policy

Specialty/Research Focus

International law; Border policy; Cross-Boundary governance


Kathryn Friedman is a Research Associate Professor of Law and Policy and serves as Director of Cross-Border and International Research at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute. Friedman serves as direct program manager for Region’s Edge, the institute's research program focused on Canada-US border policy, security, trade and cross-border governance. She frequently speaks on cross-border and international issues to academic and non-academic audiences, including events hosted by Brookings and the Foreign Policy Association. Recognized as an “up and coming scholar doing innovative work” by the American Society of International Law, Friedman has published research on international law, border policy and cross-boundary governance.

Friedman has contributed to several cross-border research networks, including helping to establish the Northern Border University Research Consortium, serving on the steering committee for the Transborder Research University Network (TRUN) and participating in the LAKESNET and BORDERNET initiatives of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She also teaches courses on NAFTA, comparative law and international development, research and writing for international students, and international trade in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and at the School of Law. She is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, member of the Advisory Council for the Niagara Observatory at Brock University and Women in International Security. She also served as Vice Chair of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

In addition to receiving a PhD in political science, with concentrations in international relations and comparative political economy, Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo School of Law where she served as an International Law Fellow and as Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review. She received the Carlos C. Alden Award for greatest contribution to the Law Review and the Law Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to the law school. Friedman served as Confidential Law Clerk to two Associate Judges on the Court of Appeals of New York.