We are pleased to announce that Samantha Barbas, Professor of Law at the UB School of Law, has been named director of the Baldy Center. Professor Barbas will be bringing to the Baldy Center her expertise in legal history and mass communications law. Barbas earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She joined the UB Law Faculty in 2011, where her research acumen has been recognized, including a University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar award in 2016. Barbas is the author of five books on American history topics, including three interdisciplinary works of legal history: Laws of Image: Privacy and Publicity in America (Stanford University Press, 2015); Newsworthy: The Supreme Court Battle over Privacy and Press Freedom (Stanford University Press, 2017); and most recently, Confidential Confidential: The Inside Story of Hollywood’s Notorious Scandal Magazine (Chicago Review Press, 2018). Her current research project is a biography of civil liberties lawyer Morris Ernst (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).Congratulations to Professor Barbas and to the Baldy Center!
-- Karen Tani