Kathryn Bryk Friedman

Kathryn Bryk Friedman

Research Associate Professor of Law and Policy & Director of Cross-Border and International Research

Dr. Kathryn Bryk Friedman is a Research Associate Professor of Law and Policy and serves as Director of Cross-Border and International Research at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute. Concurrently serving as a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as an Executive Committee member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Can Am Business Council, Kathryn is a recognized expert in cross-boundary water governance and land use, international trade, and border security issues. She has spearheaded visioning, designing, and executing a funded Canada-US research and engagement program that focuses on new approaches to solving complex multijurisdictional problems. She conducts legal and policy analysis, and regularly collaborates with public, private, academic, and non-profit global stakeholders to frame, facilitate, and execute strategic planning and consensus-building processes.  Kathryn serves as US lead or collaborator on multi-million dollar sustainability research and policy initiatives, including assessing Great Lakes security and sustainability, engaging in scenario-building and risk management analysis, establishing a policy network in the Great Lakes, examining stressors on the Great Lakes ecosystem, and assessing the regional climate change policy system. Kathryn communicates research results using various media, including radio, newspapers, peer-reviewed journals, and policy papers; presents research publicly at conferences, workshops, and forums; and briefs public officials at policy workshops held regionally and nationally.

A recent Fulbright Fellow, Kathryn also is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. In addition to receiving a PhD in international affairs and comparative politics, Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review. She served as a confidential law clerk to two New York State Court of Appeals judges.