The Baldy Center staff includes faculty, research faculty, administrators, and students who focus on supporting and fostering innovative research in law, legal institutions, and social policy.
Samantha Barbas is the director of The Baldy Center. Barbas researches and teaches in the areas of legal history, First Amendment law and mass communications law. Her work focuses on the intersection of law, culture, media and technology in United States history. Her recent research has explored the history of the law of privacy and defamation.
Amanda M. Benzin is the Assistant Director of The Baldy Center, effective November 28, 2022. She is responsible for managing various activities in The Center. Benzin graduated summa cum laude from UB with a BFA in Dance and minor in Business Administration. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder with concentrations in performance, choreography, women and gender studies, somatics, and pedagogy.
Benzin is a somatically conscious, rhythmically and passionately driven scholar-artist, educator, Emmy-Award-winning performer, choreographer, and administrator. Most recently she served as Dance Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Dance at Colorado Mesa University. Benzin's current research exists at the intersection of pedagogy, ethical practices, somatic techniques, and vulnerability.
Aldiama Anthony, JD 2021
UB School of Law JD 2021
Blog Producer, Magazine Writer
UB College of Arts & Sciences Honors College, BA expected 2021
Social Media Producer, Magazine Writer
Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center
Executive Producer, Multimedia
Cecilia Meyer, BA
UB School of Law, JD expected 2021
Magazine Writer and editorial staff, podcast transcriber
Azalia Muchransyah, PhD 2021
UB Department of Media Study
Laura Wirth, MS
Assistant Director, The Baldy Center