Research Fellows


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’s scholarly community is 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 Center community and its substantial scholarly resources. The Baldy Center welcomes expressions of interest from all interested scholars and does its best to accommodate researchers whose interests complement those of UB faculty or address significant problems in law and social policy.




Daniel B. Ferreira

Daniel Brantes Ferreira.

Daniel Brantes Ferreira 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 an arbitrator. His research involves legal theory, legal history, legal education, comparative studies, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He is a partner at Bruno Freire Law Firm where he practices labor law and torts. At The Baldy Center, Brantes Ferreira is engaged in researching American Legal Realism. 

Brantes Ferreira is first author on the paper, Arbitration chambers and trust in technology provider: Impacts of trust in technology intermediated dispute resolution proceeding, published by the Journal Technology in Society (Scopus Q1), 2022.

In January 2021, Brantes Ferreira was interviewed by Brazil's major newspaper Estadáo, about his perspective on Trump’s call to Raffensperger and it’s legal repercussions. That interview is here.  

Jennifer L. Gaynor

Jennifer L. Gaynor.

Jennifer L. Gaynor works on Southeast Asia and its surrounding seas from the seventeenth century to the present. 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 a number of books, including Blue Legalities (Duke University Press, 2020), edited by Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson. Building on her previous research, her current projects examine the history of capture, slavery, and piracy in Asia, as well as the recent history of global land reclamation.

Charles J. Whalen

Charles J. Whalen.


Reforming Capitalism for the Common Good, Essays in Institutional and Post-Keynesian Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing (2022)

Charles J. Whalen, an economist with a career spanning three decades, has contributed to national economic policy discussions, equitable regional development, and business success. During his appointment at The Baldy Center, Whalen has been active—as president (2018), past president (2019), and trustee (2020-)—in the Association for Evolutionary Economics. Last year, Whalen's AFEE presidential address—on reclaiming the right to work as a progressive cause—appeared (in versions of varying length) in Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper SeriesJournal of Economic Issues, and Challenge (an economics bimonthly).

Whalen is the editor of Institutional Economics: Perspectives and Methods in Pursuit of a Better World (Routledge, 2021).  

Whalen is featured in the Legal-Economic Nexus podcast, produced at Michigan State University, here.



Kennedy G. Gastorn

Kennedy Godfrey Gastorn.

Kennedy Godfrey Gastorn was appointed Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations  in March, 2020. In his prior appointment, Gastorn was Secretary-General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization in New Delhi, India. Following Gastorn's 2014-15 fellowship at the Baldy Center, he served as National Convenor for the Rule of Law Forum of his country’s International Development Law Organization.


Tricia Semmelhack

Tricia Semmelhack.

Tricia Semmelhack entered private practice in mid-1970 with a focus on intellectual property, computer law and licensing. During her career, she co-founded and chaired the Intellectual Property Law Section of the NYS Bar Association. 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.

Fall 2015

Amber M. Adams

Amber Meadow Adams.

Amber Meadow Adams, Ph.D. (American Studies, University at Buffalo). Research topics: Haudenosaunee narrative, ecology, and language; Mohawk Nation; Indigenous Knowledge; Schoodic Band of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As a visiting scholar at The Baldy Center, she conducted archival research on primary documents on the legal-economic matrices of women’s roles within Haudenosaunee government.

Fall 2015

Adam Wolkoff

Adam Wolkoff.

Adam Wolkoff is a legal historian and attorney who practices labor and employment law at the firm of Bartlo, Hettler, Weiss & Tripi in Kenmore, New York. At The Baldy Center his work involved a project investigating social practices, court cases, and legislative debates arising from landlord-tenant relationships in the Old and New South and other regions of the nineteenth century United States.


Jennifer S. Hunt

Jennifer S. Hunt.

Jennifer S. Hunt served six terms as Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies program. After The Baldy Fellowship, Jennifer accepted appointments the College of Law, University of Kentucky. Her work is published in a number of journals and books and been funded by the National Science Foundation. Research topics: empirical social psychology; juror decision making; character evidence; gender ideology. 


Ana M. Bacigalupo

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo.

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo is a professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Anthropology. Research Topics: Medical anthropology; anthropology of religion; social theory; ethnomedicine; phenomenology; death and dying; self and personhood; shamanism; indigenous knowledge.


Catherine R. Connolly

Catherine R. Connolly.

Catherine Connolly is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wyoming (UW), where she served nine years as the department director. Dr. Connolly earned a JD (cum laude, 1991) and a PhD (Sociology, 1992) from the University at Buffalo. As a graduate student at UB, she was also a Baldy Center fellow.

Spring 2019

Amanda Hughett

Amanda Hughett.

Amanda Hughett came to the Baldy Center as a Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-18, following her work as a Law and Social Sciences Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Hughett's work illuminates the limitations of individual rights claims in the postwar era while helping to explain why American prisons continue to punish more harshly than their counterparts in any Western country. At The Baldy Center, Amanda worked on a manuscript tentatively titled, Silencing the Cell Block.

Spring 2019

Rachael K. Hinkle

Rachael K. Hinkle.

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 associate 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.


Matthew Bach

Matthew Bach.
Matthew Bach

Matthew Bach 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. Since 2017, Matthew has been a governance programme officer for ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global city network, where he leads a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission, which develops solutions for sustainable and just cities.


Paul Linden-Retek

Paul Linden-Retek.

Paul Linden-Retek is a UB Law Lecturer in Law & Society and a Research Fellow at The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. Paul earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2018 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2012. He is a Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School. In 2019-20, Paul was a Post-doctoral Emile Noël Global Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, New York University School of Law.