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Engel, David M.
Law, Culture and Society
State University of New York at Buffalo

David M. Engel is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Law. He currently serves as chair of UB's Council on International Studies and Programs, an advisory body to the Provost. From 1991 to 2001, he was Director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and Vice Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies; and from 2002 to 2008 he was Director of International Programs at the law school. He is faculty adviser to the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association and a member of UB's Asian Studies Advisory Council, which he chaired from 1999-2001. In January 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Chiang Mai University, conferred by Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Engel's research deals with law and society in the United States and in other countries, particularly Thailand, where he has lived, worked, and taught for many years. He has studied legal culture and legal consciousness in communities in the American Midwest and in Thailand. In addition, he has conducted research on the effects of American civil rights legislation on the lives and careers of men and women with disabilities. With Michael McCann, Engel is co-editor of a collection of comparative and interdisciplinary essays about tort law, entitled Fault Lines: Tort Law and Cultural Practice (Stanford University Press: 2009).

Engel is an active member of the Law & Society Association, an international membership organization which he served as President from 1997-1998. He was also a member of the Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation Program for Law and Social Sciences and the LSAC Grants Sub-Committee. In 2005/6, he was selected as the inaugural occupant of the Sturm Distinguished Visiting Chair at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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