Professor; Director of J.S.D. Program
Research Focus: Anthropology of Law, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Social and Political Theory
Links: Curriculum Vitae, SSRN
616 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
Faculty Assistant: Anita M. Gesel
Mateo Taussig-Rubbo is a legal anthropologist with degrees from Chicago and Yale and is a law professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law. He has explored the foundational and yet repressed role of sacrifice and sacralization in neoliberal legalities, focusing on the contexts of military privatization, the death penalty, and the 9/11 attacks; and the ways in which the tradition of the stranger-king helps illuminate postcolonial African constitutionalism. Current projects include an exploration of how theories of the event (M. Sahlins) are implicitly impacting climate change law and policy; and an examination of the ritual dimensions and meanings of indigenous land acknowledgments.