Dr. Kathryn Bryk Friedman is Director of Law and Policy Research at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, The State University of New York. In this capacity, Friedman conceptualizes and directs institute research initiatives related to governance, law, and policy, with particular emphasis on Canada-U.S. border security in the post 9-11 environment. She frequently speaks on bi-national and international law issues to academic and non-academic audiences, including policymakers in Canada and the United States. Friedman has published research on international law and governance related to the Canada-U.S. relationship.
Friedman is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she teaches courses on international trade and NAFTA. She is a member of the American Society of International Law, Advisory Council for the Niagara Observatory at Brock University and Women in International Security. Friedman also served as Vice Chair of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Friedman earned her B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Geneseo; her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science, with concentrations international political economy, from the University at Buffalo; and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University at Buffalo Law School. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review. She received the Carlos C. Alden Award for greatest contribution to the Law Review and the Law Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to the law school. Upon graduating from law school, Friedman served as Confidential Law Clerk to an Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals of New York.