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Friedman named global fellow at Wilson center

Kathryn Byrk Friedman will join the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Photo: Courtesy of the School of Architecture and Planning


Published November 7, 2013

She’s been recognized as an “up and coming scholar doing innovative work” by the American Society of International Law. Now UB faculty member Kathryn Bryk Friedman has joined some of the best and brightest scholars and experts from around the world as a new Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Friedman, director of international research at UB’s Regional Institute and a research associate professor of law and policy in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, will serve as a Wilson Center Global Fellow through August 2015. The non-residential fellowship will allow Friedman to remain at UB.

As a Wilson fellow, she will contribute to the center’s scholarship through research, analysis and publications as part of the center’s Canada Institute, a nonpartisan program to build awareness and knowledge about Canada and Canada-U.S. relations among U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders.

The center’s work informs the nation’s public policy debates via nonpartisan and relevant research and information.

A recent Fulbright Fellow and member of the Foreign Policy Association, Friedman is a highly regarded expert on the Canada-U.S. relationship. She serves as U.S. lead on several international research and engagement networks concerning border policy and the Great Lakes. She frequently speaks and writes on transboundary governance and international law issues related to the Canada-U.S. relationship, including trade, border security and water governance.  

Friedman also teaches courses on NAFTA, comparative law and international development, research and writing for international students, and international trade in the School of Architecture and Planning and at the UB Law School. She is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, member of the Advisory Council for the Niagara Observatory at Brock University and Women in International Security. She also served as Vice Chair of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

She holds a PhD in political science, with concentrations in international relations and comparative political economy, and graduated magna cum laude from the UB Law School, where she was an International Law Fellow and editor-in-chief of Buffalo Law Review. She also served as confidential law clerk to two associate judges on the New York Court of Appeals.