Catalyzing New Law and Social Policy Research at UB

Catalyzing New Law and Social Policy Research at UB.

Keywords: Environmental law, environmental law enforcement, social justice, gender bias, gender, violent crime, drug treatment courts, COVID-19, tuition-free college, intellectual property law, diversity and inclusion, film censorship, elective mutism, publich housing, SAFMR

The Baldy Center has supported new and continuing research in law, legal institutions, and social policy at the University at Buffalo since 1978, with far-reaching impacts on the advancement of theory and knowledge. Themes have changed over the decades, but the focus remains clear: advancing interdisciplinary research at the University at Buffalo in law and social policy.

This year we asked UB scholars to bring their expertise to bear on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in their research proposals. UB’s faculty scholars approached this challenge with innovative approaches that will catalyze new, interdisciplinary research projects. In addition to our currently supported research projects (Baldy Center Grant Recipients - Baldy Center - University at Buffalo), we are pleased to support the following new projects, which broadly span the intersection of law and social policy, and which interrogate critical issues in diversity, equity, and inclusion:

  • Let's Find a Way: The Limits to Social Control of Nature by Jordan Besek in the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Green Patrol: Policing Nature in Palestine/Israel by Irus Braverman in the School of Law
  • Wading Through Administrative Burdens: Responses and Strategies of Refugee Communities for Long-Term Refugee Socioeconomic Integration by Abigail Cooke (Geography), Yunju Nam (Social Work), Wooksoo Kim (Social Work), and Robert Adelman (Sociology), centered in the Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences
  • He/She/They: Gender Pronouns and Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Teaching by Christopher Dennison, Ashley Barr, and Mary Nell Trautner in the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Impacts of Covid-19 on drug treatment courts: adaptations to remote technology by Linda Kahn in the Department of Family Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Cross-National Assessment of the Gender-gap in Violent Crime: How Does Social Context Matter? by Yunmei Lu, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Education Impacts of Making College Tuition-Free by Joanne McLaughlin, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Intellectual Property Law by Amy Semet, School of Law
  • "This Video Does Not Exist": Film Censorship as Social Practice and Elective Mutism in Minority Cinema by Tanya Shilina-Conte, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Some public housing authorities (PHAs) get it right: successful implementation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) small area fair market rent (SAFMR) rule by Robert Silverman, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Kelly Patterson, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.