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.
Nancy S. Marder, Spring 2019 Senior Fellow, is Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she also serves as the Director of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Humanities. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and is also an Academic Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute. Her areas of expertise include juries, judges, and courts. She is the author of forty law review articles, two books, nine book chapters, twenty-five essays, and eleven book reviews. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, and has a M.Phil. from Cambridge University, where she was a Mellon Fellow, and a B.A. from Yale. Her Baldy Center research will focus on a book, The Power of the Jury: Transforming Citizens into Jurors, which examines how every stage of the jury process—from voir dire to post-verdict interviews—helps to transform ordinary citizens into responsible jurors. Marder's theory of jurors starts from the premise that citizens can be complicated and have biases, as all people do, rather than assuming a simplistic model of jurors who are either biased or unbiased, as the traditional view does. This new theory nonetheless allows for understanding the creation of impartial jurors through the jury process. The approach Marder posits will give judges, lawyers, academics, legislators, and concerned citizens a new way to evaluate jury reforms. Learn more.
Werner Reutter, Fall 2018 Senior Fellow, is a research fellow of political science at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of Potsdam, the University of Bonn, the University of Jena, Humboldt-University of Berlin, and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His major publications include books and articles on interest groups, international trade union politics, constitutional politics, German federalism, and state constitutional courts. He studied public administration and political science at the University of Applied Sciences in Kehl/Rhine, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Free University Berlin. As a senior fellow at the Baldy Center, he will explore whether, and to what extent, decisions of a German subnational constitutional court and an American state supreme court infringe on the competencies of state legislatures. Learn more.
Nora V. Demleitner, 2017-18 Senior Fellow, is Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, where she previously served as dean of the law school. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the European Law Institute, and the International Academy of Comparative Law. She has authored over sixty articles, published in leading U.S. law journals, is the lead author of Sentencing Law and Policy (Wolters Kluwer), and an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown Law Center.
Her Baldy Center research will outline the pressing need to dismantle mass imprisonment and provide proposals on how to achieve that goal. It is based on personal, theoretical, and practical accounts of the U.S. criminal justice system, which engulfs everyone and taints all with its inhumanity. The work builds on Demleitner’s comparative work in criminal justice, sentencing, and post-sentence collateral consequences.
Antonio María Hernández, 2017-18 Senior Fellow, is Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of Public Provincial Law and Municipal Law at the National University of Córdoba and Director of the Institute of Federalism of the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences of Córdoba University. He is currently Honorary President of the National Association of Constitutional Law of Argentina and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies. He has authored and co-authored over fifty books on constitutional law, federalism, state constitutional law and municipal law. He holds a Ph.D. in Law and Social Sciences from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina.
His Baldy Center research will be to study and write on a constitutional comparative vision on American and Argentinian federations. Using an interdisciplinary approach, he will analyze the similarities and differences between the two, taking into account that the model for the original Argentina Constitution of 1853 was the Philadelphia Constitution of 1787. This research will build on Hernández previous work comparing Mexican and Argentinian federalism
Professor Catherine Connolly (Senior Fellow, 2016-17) 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 J.D. (cum laude, 1991) and a Ph.D. (Sociology, 1992) from the University at Buffalo. As a graduate student at UB, she was a Baldy Center fellow.
Always with an eye on social justice, Dr. Connolly’s research focuses on inequality and institutions, particularly the role of the state. She published an article in the Wyoming Law Review (2011, Vol 11(1), pp. 125-63), “Gay Rights in Wyoming: A Review of Federal and State Law,” with updated information in an invited book chapter, A Proud Heritage: People, Issues and Documents of the LGBT Experience, Stewart, C, Ed. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO; pp. 1237-46. She has published several policy papers on the economic status of women in Wyoming, the most recent, “The Wage Gap between Wyoming’s Men and Women: 2015” can be accessed through the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. In addition, Dr. Connolly has won recognition for her teaching with college-level extraordinary merit awards and with recognition by graduating classes.
In 2008, Dr. Connolly was elected to serve in the Wyoming House of Representatives and continues to do so. In this capacity, she currently serves on the Appropriations committee as well as several select committees. She has also served in caucus leadership, as well as on the Education, Judiciary, and Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources committees. Connolly has been a strong advocate for prudent investment in social programs and for advancing women in leadership. She is up for re-election in 2016.
Dr. Connolly is involved in two current research projects. The first is an examination of the paths to serving and experiences of lesbians in elected office. Using an intersectional lens, this work expands the existing literature on the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation in politics by including lesbians and queer women.
The second is Pathways from Prison, a collaborative project with faculty, students, and community members in conjunction with the state Department of Corrections . We have interviewed over 70 currently and formerly incarcerated women with felony convictions regarding their experiences at the only prison in Wyoming for women, especially as related to successful transitioning in the state upon release. This work has resulted in a policy paper to the DOC, and a book manuscript is in progress.
2016 The Wage Gap between Wyoming’s Men and Women: 2016, Wyoming Women’s Foundation (35pp.)
2015 with Susan Dewey, Bonnie Zare, Rhett Epler, & Rosemary Bratton, Findings from the “Pathways from Prison” Study. 2015, Report to the Wyoming Department of Corrections.
2015 Gay Rights in Wyoming, invited book chapter, A Proud Heritage: People, Issues and Documents of the LGBT Experience, Stewart, C, Ed.. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO; pp. 1237-46.
2015 with Aimee Van Cleave and Melanie Vigil. Gay Rights in New Mexico invited book chapter, A Proud Heritage: People, Issues and Documents of the LGBT Experience, Stewart, C, Ed.. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO; pp. 1090-1100.
2011 “Gay Rights in Wyoming: A Review of Federal and State Law.” Wyoming Law Review, Vol. 11(1), pp. 125-63.
2010 with Katrina Brown. “The Role of Law in Promoting Women in Elite Athletics: An Examination of Four Nations.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 45, No.1, pp. 3-22.
2009 “Gay and Lesbian Families Around the Globe: An examination of gender, citizenship and the law,” in Genero, Ciudadania y Globalizacion (eds. Mar Gallego Duran, Rosa Garcia Gutierrez, and Rosa Giles Carnero), Ediciones Alfar, Sevilla, Spain, pp. 233-249.
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.