Experts by Expertise: Social Issues

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  • Head shot of Robert Adelman, University at Buffalo immigration and U.S. Census expert.

    Robert Adelman

    Chair and Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: urban sociology, segregation, race, immigration, U.S. Census

    Phone: 716-645-8478


  • Head shot of Kafuli Agbemenu, University at Buffalo reproductive health expert.

    Kafuli Agbemenu

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Expertise: reproductive health in vulnerable populations

    Phone: 716-829-6023


  • Portrait of Charlotte Lindqvist.

    Amanda Aykanian

    Assistant Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: homelessness, including how social policies and programs affect unhoused people; homeless service systems and workforce issues; social welfare history and policy; social service program implementation

    Phone: 716-645-1270


  • Portrait of Katherine N. Balantekin.

    Katherine N. Balantekin

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: obesity, disordered eating, parental influences on child eating behavior, childhood obesity, diet culture, anti-obesity drugs

    Phone: 716-829-5578



  • Head shot of Annahita Ball, University at Buffalo expert on schools and social services.

    Annahita Ball

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: family engagement in schools; educational justice and reform; school-based mental health services; school-community partnerships

    Phone: 716-645-8951


  • Portrait of Jenifer Barclay, University at Buffalo disability history and African American history expert.

    Jenifer Barclay

    Associate Professor of History

    Expertise: disability history; disability, race, gender, class and sexuality; intersectionality; ableism; African American history; history of slavery, emancipation and the U.S. Civil War

    Phone: 716-645-8409


  • Head shot of Richard D. Blondell.

    Richard D. Blondell

    Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine

    Expertise: addiction, substance abuse, opioids

    Contact: Richard Blondell can be reached most quickly through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Michael Boucai.

    Michael Boucai

    Professor of Law

    Expertise: Law and policy on sex, sexuality, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation; reproductive rights; constitutional, criminal, and family law; LGBTQ history

    Phone: 716-645-1743


  • Head shot of Elizabeth Bowen.

    Elizabeth Bowen

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: homelessness, health issues affecting homeless populations, recovery from alcohol and other drug problems

    Phone: 716-645-1258


  • Carrie Tirado Bramen.

    Carrie Tirado Bramen

    Professor of English

    Expertise: U.S. cultural and intellectual history; feminist and gender studies; critical race studies; 19th-century American literature; U.S.-Latinx literature; history of astrology

    Phone: 716-645-5200


  • Portrait of Holly Buck, University at Buffalo environmental policy and climate change policy expert.

    Holly Jean Buck

    Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: environmental policy, climate change policy, geoengineering, carbon capture, climate adaptation, environmental justice

    Phone: 716-645-0135


  • Head shot of Susan K. Cahn.

    Susan K. Cahn

    Emerita Professor of History

    Expertise: gender and sexuality in sports, homophobia in sports, women’s history, feminist theory, history of chronic illness, history of mental illness

    Phone: 716-645-8418


  • Portrait of Susan Spierre Clark, University at Buffalo sustainability, climate change, infrastructure and community resilience expert.

    Susan Spierre Clark

    Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: climate change and sustainable development; resilient infrastructure; power outages due to extreme events; sustainability education; community resilience

    Phone: 716-645-1403


  • Head shot of R. Lorraine Collins.

    R. Lorraine Collins

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: substance abuse, cannabis, malt liquor and marijuana use, drinking restraint, smoking, women's issues

    Phone: 716-829-6951


  • Portrait of Luis A. Colón, University at Buffalo separation science, analytical chemistry, and STEM diversity expert.

    Luis A. Colón

    A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry

    Expertise: analytical chemistry, separation science, liquid chromatography, diversity in STEM, mentoring students of color

    Phone: 716-645-4213


  • Head shot of Abigail Cooke, UB assistant professor of geography.

    Abigail Cooke

    Associate Professor of Geography

    Expertise: economic impact of immigration; economic impact of international trade; urban economies; international trade

    Phone: 716-645-0486


  • Head shot of Nathan J. Daun-Barnett, University at Buffalo expert on college access and financial aid.

    Nathan J. Daun-Barnett

    Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration

    Expertise: college access, financial aid policy, college transition

    Phone: 716-645-1096


  • Head shot of Matthew Dimick.

    Matthew Dimick

    Professor of Law

    Expertise: income inequality, tax and welfare policy as it relates to income inequality, corporations, employment law, labor law

    Phone: 716-645-7968


  • Portrait of Shawn J. Donahue, University at Buffalo elections, political science and Constitutional law expert.

    Shawn J. Donahue

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Expertise: voting rights, redistricting, gerrymandering, state and local politics (including New York State and Buffalo-area politics), campaigns, elections, civil liberties, Constitutional law, election law

    Phone: 716-645-8446


  • Portrait of Yige Dong, University at Buffalo gender, work and political economy expert.

    Yige Dong

    Assistant Professor of Sociology, and of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Expertise: labor, work, gender and political economy, especially in China; labor and feminist movements in China and in a global context

    Phone: 716-645-2417


  • Head shot of Tildabeth Doscher, University at Buffalo addiction medicine and substance use treatment expert.

    Tildabeth Doscher

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

    Expertise: addiction medicine, substance use treatment, opioid epidemic, methadone

    Phone: 716-829-6775. Doscher can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or


  • Head shot of Helen A. Nellie Drew.

    Helen A. “Nellie” Drew

    Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sport

    Expertise: sports law, including student-athletes’ name, image and likeness (NIL), antitrust laws, collective bargaining, discipline of athletes, drug testing, NCAA compliance and Title IX; diversity in sport

    Phone: 716-645-2071


  • Head shot of Carole Emberton.

    Carole Emberton

    Professor of History

    Expertise: Civil War era, Confederate flag and monuments, history of race, slavery, Southern history, racial violence

    Phone: 716-645-8405


  • Portrait of Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora.

    Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora

    Associate Professor of Law

    Expertise: legal philosophy, transnational law, transitional justice, truth commissions, Colombia’s peace agreement, international human rights and compensation

    Phone: 716-645-3292


  • Head shot of Lucinda M. Finley.

    Lucinda M. Finley

    Frank G. Raichle Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy

    Expertise: abortion, reproductive rights, women and the law, Supreme Court, employment discrimination, equal protection law, tort law and reform

    Phone: 716-645-6152


    Contact: Finley can also be contacted through Doug Sitler in UB Media Relations at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Cecil Foster, University at Buffalo Canadian studies and multiculturalism expert.

    Cecil Foster

    Professor of Transnational Studies in the Department of Africana and American Studies

    Expertise: Canadian studies; multiculturalism, politics, race, ethnicity and immigration in Canada

    Phone: 716-645-0786


  • Portrait of Stephanie Fredrick, University at Buffalo bullying and cyberbullying expert.

    Stephanie Fredrick

    Associate Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

    Expertise: bullying, cyberbullying, youth mental health, bullying interventions

    Phone: 716-645-1141


  • Head shot of Julie Gorlewski, University at Buffalo education access and teacher preparation expert.

    Julie Gorlewski

    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Teacher Education

    Expertise: access and equity in education; literacy; teacher preparation

    Phone: 716-645-2455


  • Portrait of Donald A. Grinde Jr., University at Buffalo Native American studies expert.

    Donald A. Grinde Jr.

    Professor Emeritus in the Department of Africana and American Studies

    Expertise: Native American studies, Native American thought, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois history, U.S. Indian Policy since 1871, American Indian activism

    Phone: 716-645-0828


  • Head shot of Kim Griswold, University at Buffalo expert on health care for refugees, immigrants and survivors of torture.

    Kim Griswold, MD

    Professor Emerita of Family Medicine and Psychiatry

    Expertise: health care for refugees and immigrants; trauma; survivors of torture; cultural competency in medicine; patient-centered medical homes; integrated medical and behavioral health care

    Phone: 716-816-7248


  • Portrait of Oscar G. Gómez-Duarte, University at Buffalo pediatric infectious diseases and childhood diarrhea expert.

    Oscar G. Gómez-Duarte

    Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics

    Expertise: pediatric infectious diseases, vaccines, childhood diarrhea, health disparities, COVID-19 community interventions

    Phone: 716-323-0150. Gómez-Duarte can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or


  • Head shot of Trina Hamilton.

    Trina Hamilton

    Associate Professor of Geography

    Expertise: corporate responsibility, social and environmental activism, diamond trade, gentrification

    Phone: 716-645-0482


  • Head shot of Erin Hatton, University at Buffalo labor, workforce and gig economy expert.

    Erin Hatton

    Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: labor movements, gig economy, job security, coerced labor, pay for college athletes, minimum wage, workfare

    Phone: 716-645-8476


  • Portrait of Sarah Cercone Heavey.

    Sarah Cercone Heavey

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: opioid use disorder, medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, naloxone, overdose, veterans’ mental health, suicide prevention, mental health 

    Phone: 716-829-6752


  • Portrait of Amy Hequembourg, University at Buffalo expert on health disparities among sexual minorities.

    Amy Hequembourg

    Associate Professor of Nursing

    Expertise: health disparities affecting sexual minorities

    Phone: 716-829-2608


  • Head shot of David Herzberg.

    David Herzberg

    Professor of History

    Expertise: opioid epidemic; history of prescription drugs, street drugs and other psychoactive substances; drug policy and drug wars; drugs and popular culture; addiction; drugs and social inequalities of race and gender 
    Phone: 716-645-8416


  • Portrait of David M. Holmes, University at Buffalo global health equity and medicine and spirituality expert.

    David M. Holmes

    Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine

    Expertise: global health, health care for underserved communities and human trafficking victims, spirituality in health, religious exemptions for vaccines, addiction medicine, wilderness medicine, travel medicine


    Contact: David M. Holmes can be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Gregory Homish, University at Buffalo substance use and mental health expert.

    Gregory Homish

    Professor and Chair of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: substance use and misuse; substance use among military personnel; substance use and families; emergency preparedness and response; health of emergency responders

    Phone: 716-829-6959


  • Head shot of Sameer Honwad, University at Buffalo education access and equity expert.

    Sameer Honwad

    Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: access, equity and diversity in education; cultural studies; international education; science and environmental education

    Phone: 716-645-2455


  • Portrait of Kenneth Joseph, University at Buffalo computing for social good expert.

    Kenneth Joseph

    Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

    Expertise: computing for social good; societal impacts of social media and online platforms (including in news and politics); inequality and societal divides; artificial intelligence

    Phone: 716-645-0682


  • Portrait of Tiffany Karalis Noel, University at Buffalo education expert, with expertise in multiculturalism, social inequity and belongingness in education.

    Tiffany Karalis Noel

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: sociocultural inequity in education, teacher preparation and retention, mentoring in higher education

    Phone: 716-645-2455


  • Head shot of Erin Kearney, University at Buffalo world languages education expert.

    Erin Kearney

    Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: language teaching and learning, intercultural competence and language education, language teacher training and development

    Phone: 716-645-4058


  • Portrait of Isok Kim, University at Buffalo mental health and refugee-related trauma expert.

    Isok Kim

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: mental health and wellbeing among Asian Americans; refugee-related trauma; post-resettlement challenges; culturally responsive mental health services

    Phone: 716-645-1252


  • Portrait of Wooksoo Kim, University at Buffalo immigration and refugee resettlement expert.

    Wooksoo Kim

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: immigration; refugee resettlement, acculturation; social determinants of health of Asian immigrants; community-based participatory research

    Phone: 716-645-1227


  • Portrait of LaGarrett J. King, University at Buffalo Black history education expert.

    LaGarrett J. King

    Director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education

    Expertise: Black history education, social studies, history of education, teacher education, racism and anti-Blackness

    Phone: 716-645-2455


  • Head shot of Lynn T. Kozlowski.

    Lynn T. Kozlowski

    Professor and Dean Emeritus of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: nicotine addiction, smoking, vaping, tobacco and e-cigarette policy, FDA regulations on nicotine products

    Phone: 716-829-6770


  • Head shot of Jaekyung Lee, University at Buffalo expert on educational policy and achievement gaps.

    Jaekyung Lee

    Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

    Expertise: educational policy, student testing, school accountability, international and comparative education, achievement gaps, educational inequalities

    Phone: 716-645-1132


  • Portrait of Melinda Lemke, University at Buffalo K-12 education policy and reform expert.

    Melinda Lemke

    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: K-12 educational policy and reform; politics of education; public health; sociocultural contexts of education

    Phone: 716-645-1090


  • Head shot of G. James Lemoine, University at Buffalo leadership expert.

    G. James Lemoine

    Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources

    Expertise: servant leadership; gender and leadership; ethics and moral leadership; leadership and motivation; entrepreneurial leaders; creativity and innovation; managing under volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA)

    Contact: G. James Lemoine can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Head shot of Kenneth E. Leonard.

    Kenneth E. Leonard

    Director of the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions

    Expertise: alcohol, substance abuse and aggression; effects of substance use on marriage, families and relationships; interpersonal (domestic) violence; medical and recreational marijuana; prescription painkillers  

    Phone: 716-887-2566


  • Head shot of Lucia A. Leone, University at Buffalo food access expert.

    Lucia A. Leone

    Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: food access, mobile produce markets, WIC, obesity prevention, physical activity

    Phone: 716-829-6953


  • Portrait of Joan Linder, University at Buffalo art and drawing expert. Copyright Liz Linder Photography.

    Joan Linder

    Professor of Art

    Expertise: drawing, consumption and mass production, mundane objects, modern life, Love Canal and other toxic sites, environmental art, feminist art, power, public art

    Phone: 716-645-0539


  • Head shot of Patricia Logan-Greene.

    Patricia Logan-Greene

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: violence and victimization, adverse childhood experiences, gun violence and prevention, child maltreatment

    Phone: 716-645-1533


  • Portrait of Jordana Maisel, University at Buffalo universal design and inclusive design expert.

    Jordana Maisel

    Director of Research for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center)

    Expertise: universal design, inclusive design, accessible transit, streetscapes, aging in place

    Phone: 716-829-5902


  • Portrait of Carine Mardorossian, University at Buffalo medical humanities and sexual violence expert.

    Carine Mardorossian

    Professor of English, and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Expertise: medical humanities, death and dying, feminism, sexism, sexual violence, Caribbean literature

    Phone: 716-645-0711


  • Head shot of Ndubueze L. Mbah, University at Buffalo West Africa and Atlantic World expert.

    Ndubueze L. Mbah

    Associate Professor of History

    Expertise: African history; the Atlantic World; colonialism; gender in West Africa; history of slavery and emancipation; Boko Haram

    Phone: 716-645-8415


  • Portrait of Joanne Song McLaughlin, University at Buffalo labor economics and age discrimination expert.

    Joanne Song McLaughlin

    Associate Professor of Economics

    Expertise: labor economics; health insurance mandates; age discrimination; older workers; AI and the future of work

    Phone: 716-645-8685


  • Portrait of Cody Mejeur, University at Buffalo game studies and social justice expert.

    Cody Mejeur

    Assistant Professor of Media Study

    Expertise: game studies; trans, queer and feminist studies; narrative; storytelling; social justice and inclusion in video games and new media; games pedagogy

    Phone: 716-645-0932


  • Portrait of David A. Mmilling, University at Buffalo medical education expert.

    David A. Milling

    Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Expertise: medical education; clinical skills; multicultural affairs and cultural competency in medicine; diversity in the medical profession

    Phone: 716-829-2802


    Contact: Milling can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Ryan Muldoon, University at Buffalo faculty expert on diversity.

    Ryan Muldoon

    Associate Professor of Philosophy

    Expertise: social and political philosophy, diversity, international development policy, social norms, behavior change, ethics

    Phone: 716-645-0140


  • Head shot of Nadine "Shaanta" Murshid, University at Buffalo faculty expert on social policy, intimate partner violence and microfinance.

    Nadine Shaanta Murshid

    Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Expertise: microfinance, mobile financial services, domestic violence, street harassment, women’s health, trauma

    Phone: 716-645-5749


  • Portrait of Athena D. Mutua, University at Buffalo civil rights law and legal justice system expert.

    Athena D. Mutua

    Professor of Law and Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar

    Expertise: civil rights law; constitutional law (Fourteenth Amendment); critical race and feminist legal theory; law and political economy; race and the legal justice system

    Phone: 716-645-2873. Athena D. Mutua can sometimes be contacted more quickly through the UB Media Relations team at


  • Head shot of Amanda Nickerson.

    Amanda Nickerson

    Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

    Expertise: school violence, bullying prevention and intervention, parent and peer relationships, assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders

    Phone: 716-645-1532


  • Head shot of Nancy Nielsen, University at Buffalo health care policy expert.

    Nancy Nielsen

    Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Expertise: Affordable Care Act, Medicare for all, health care policy, Medicare and Medicaid policy, clinicians’ response to the opioid epidemic

    Phone: 716-207-6866


  • Head shot of Heather Orom, University at Buffalo health disparities expert.

    Heather Orom

    Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: health disparities, illness risk perception

    Phone: 716-829- 6682


  • Head shot of Jamie Ostrov, University at Buffalo bullying and victimization expert.

    Jamie Ostrov

    Professor of Psychology

    Expertise: subtypes of aggression and victimization, developmental psychopathology, media effects on children, peer relationships, applied developmental psychology

    Phone: 716-645-3680


  • Head shot of Elizabeth Otto, University at Buffalo faculty expert on art history, including Bauhaus, modern art, Dada, surrealism, cubism, and gender.

    Elizabeth Otto

    Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History

    Expertise: the Bauhaus, history of photography, European and American Art, visual culture, theories of montage, gender issues, art and religion

    Phone: 716-645-5334


  • Portrait of Anthony O'Rourke, University at Buffalo criminal law and procedure expert.

    Anthony O’Rourke

    Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice

    Expertise: criminal law and procedure, inequality in the criminal justice system

    Phone: 716-645-3097


  • Portrait of Kelly Patterson, University at Buffalo housing and urban development expert.

    Kelly Patterson

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: social welfare policy; cannabis policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

    Phone: 716-645-1248


  • Portrait of Joanna Pepin, University at Buffalo family sociology, family policy and gender and work expert.

    Joanna Pepin

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: family sociology, inequality, gender and work, ​childcare, paid family leave

    Phone: 716-645-2417


  • Head shot of Raechele L. Pope, University at Buffalo multicultural education expert.

    Raechele L. Pope

    Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer in the Graduate School of Education

    Expertise: multicultural education; equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education; campus climate; campus unrest; race, racism and race relations

    Phone: 716-645-1098


  • Head shot of Wendy Quinton.

    Wendy Quinton

    Clinical Professor of Psychology

    Expertise: prejudice, discrimination, stigma, social identity, student adjustment and success, international students

    Phone: 716-645-0230


  • Head shot of Samina Raja.

    Samina Raja

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

    Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

    Phone: 716-829-5881


  • Head shot of Michael Rembis, University at Buffalo disability history and disability studies expert.

    Michael Rembis

    Director of the Center for Disability Studies

    Expertise: disability history; disability studies; history of madness and mental illness; mental health in the context of prisons/mass incarceration; history of eugenics


  • Amy Reynolds, faculty expert on multiculturalism in education.

    Amy Reynolds

    Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

    Expertise: multicultural issues, college student mental health

    Phone: 716-645-1112


  • Portrait of Margaret Rhee, University at Buffalo new media and social justice expert.

    Margaret Rhee

    Assistant Professor of Media Study

    Expertise: digital storytelling; participatory art; new media, ethnic, cultural, Asian American, queer and feminist studies

    Phone: 716-645-0923


  • Head shot of Ryan Rish, University at Buffalo expert on the literacy practices of adolescents.

    Ryan M. Rish

    Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: adolescent literacy practices; culture and identity in learning; teaching social issues

    Phone: 716-645-4042


  • Head shot of Sarah Robert, University at Buffalo faculty expert on teachers, teachers' unions and school food.

    Sarah A. Robert

    Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: teaching as an occupation; teachers’ unions; labor issues in education; global education reform; gender and equity in education; school food

    Phone: 716-645-4046


  • Portrait of Maria Y. Rodriguez, University at Buffalo social work and human services expert.

    Maria Y. Rodriguez

    Assistant Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: Computational methods in social work and social policy; social movements on social media; disinformation targeting Black and brown communities online

    Phone: 716-645-2986


  • Head shot of Peter Rogerson.

    Peter A. Rogerson

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Geography

    Expertise: demographics, population trends, baby boomers, spatial statistics, epidemiology, geographic centers

    Phone: 716-645-0483


  • Portrait of Ghazala Saleem, University at Buffalo concussions and traumatic brain injury expert.

    Ghazala Saleem

    Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Science

    Expertise: concussions (especially in children), traumatic brain injury, brain injury and intimate partner violence

    Phone: 716-829-2589


  • Head shot of Margaret Sallee, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy.

    Margaret Sallee

    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: university work environment, work/family policies, work/life balance, faculty diversity, gender on college campuses, graduate student experience

    Phone: 716-645-1091


  • Portrait of Matilde Sanchez-Pena, University at Buffalo engineering education and equity faculty expert.

    Matilde Sanchez-Pena

    Assistant Professor of Engineering Education

    Expertise: engineering education, cultures of wellbeing, institutional diversity, faculty advancement, equity in the engineering field, women in STEM, intersectionality

    Phone: 716-645-5861


  • Portrait of Stephen Santa-Ramirez, University at Buffalo higher education access and equity expert.

    Stephen Santa-Ramirez

    Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: access and equity in higher education; race, ethnicity, im/migration and Latinx collegians' educational experiences; undocumented and DACA students in higher education

    Phone: 716-645-5236


  • Head shot of Annette Semanchin Jones.

    Annette Semanchin Jones

    Associate Professor and Director, PhD in Social Welfare program

    Expertise: child welfare, foster care, child protection services

    Phone: 716-645-1862


  • Head shot of Lynn Shanahan, University at Buffalo literacy expert.

    Lynn Shanahan

    Associate Professor of of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: childhood literacy; literacy, technology and multimodality; STEM and urban education

    Phone: 716-645-4028


  • Head shot of Robert Silverman, University at Buffalo affordable housing and gentrification expert.

    Robert Silverman

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

    Expertise: shrinking cities, fair housing, affordable housing, licensing and siting of cannabis dispensaries, gentrification, community development, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods

    Phone: 716-829-5882


  • Head shot of Korydon Smith, University at Buffalo faculty expert on inclusive design and refugee housing.

    Korydon Smith

    Professor and Chair of Architecture

    Expertise: diversity and social justice in planning and design; inclusive design; refugee housing and settlement planning

    Phone: 716-829-5908


  • Head shot of Darryl Somayaji, University at Buffalo cancer care expert.

    Darryl Somayaji

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Expertise: cancer care and health disparities in underserved communities

    Phone: 716-829-2178


  • Head shot of Ji-Won Son, University at Buffalo math education expert.

    Ji-Won Son

    Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: mathematics education, gender equity in STEM

    Phone: 716-645-4030


  • Portrait of Mickey Sperlich, University at Buffalo midwifery, childbirth and trauma expert.

    Mickey Sperlich

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: trauma and mental health challenges in pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period; women’s health; midwifery

    Phone: 716-645-9087


  • Portrait of Edward Steinfeld, University at Buffalo inclusive design and accessible buildings expert.

    Edward Steinfeld

    Director of the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center)

    Expertise: universal design, inclusive design, accessibility, building design, inclusive restrooms, accessible transit, architecture

    Phone: 716-829-5899


  • Head shot of Despina Stratigakos.

    Despina Stratigakos

    Professor of Architecture

    Expertise: diversity in architecture; gender and modernity in European cities; German architecture; Nazi propaganda and architecture

    Phone: 716-829-3486


  • Head shot of Henry-Louis Taylor Jr., University at Buffalo urban development and gentrification expert.

    Henry-Louis Taylor Jr.

    Director of the Center for Urban Studies

    Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

    Phone: 716-829-5458


  • Head shot of Panayotis (Peter) K. Thanos, University at Buffalo addiction and reward pathways expert.

    Panayotis (Peter) K. Thanos

    Senior Research Scientist of Pharmacology and Toxicology

    Expertise: ADHD treatment, addiction; brain imaging; alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, binge eating disorder, bariatric surgery, prenatal nicotine use, prenatal cannabis

    Phone: 716-881-7520


  • Portrait of Gwynn Thomas, University at Buffalo gender, politics and global women's movements expert.

    Gwynn Thomas, PhD

    Chair and Associate Professor of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Expertise: gender and politics; feminism; global women’s movements, including #MeToo; politics in Latin America

    Phone: 716-645-0793


  • Portrait of Letitia Thomas, University at Buffalo STEM education and STEM diversity expert.

    Letitia Thomas

    Assistant Dean for Diversity in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Expertise: STEM education and pipelines; women and students of color in STEM; sociology of education; social justice; social networks; microaggressions

    Phone: 716-645-3071


  • Head shot of Machiko Tomita, University at Buffalo aging and caregiving expert.

    Machiko R. Tomita

    Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Science

    Expertise: aging, falls and frailty prevention in older adults, caregiving for older adults, smart home technology, virtual group exercise

    Phone: 716-829-6740


  • John Violanti at night in front of a blurred police car with lights on.

    John M. Violanti

    Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

    Expertise: police stress, health and suicide; PTSD

    Phone: 716-829-5481


  • Portrait of Hua (Helen) Wang, University at Buffalo communication and health promotion expert.

    Hua (Helen) Wang

    Professor of Communication

    Expertise: communication strategies for health promotion and social change; entertainment-education; communication technology; social networks; digital media literacy; health interventions

    Phone: 716-645-1501