Kathryn Bryk Friedman is a Research Associate Professor of Law & Planning at the University at Buffalo and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Canada Institute).
A multi-disciplinary scholar and legal practitioner with focus on CA-US law and policy, Friedman is a recognized expert on the CA-US relationship in both Canada and the United States. Her research and teaching focus on binational regional economies; water law and policy (Great Lakes and New York State); NAFTA; labor mobility; and border security issues. Friedman communicates strategic insights using various media, including radio, newspapers, peer-reviewed journals, and policy papers; presents findings publicly at conferences, workshops, and forums; and briefs public officials at policy workshops held regionally and nationally. A former Fulbright Fellow, Friedman was selected to participate in the AILA International Fellowship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC in spring 2018 – the flagship CSIS leadership program to equip aspiring global leaders to be effective and ethical changemakers. She serves as a Member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Can Am Business Council; a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association; and Board Member of the Alliance for the Great Lakes (Chicago). Prior to her work in higher education, Friedman served as a Confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard C. Wesley and Hon. Eugene F. Pigott and was an associate in the cross-border practice group at a large New York law firm.