Mateo Taussig-Rubbo

black and white photo of taussig-rubbo standing in front of a wooden wall.

Professor; Director of J.S.D. Program

Research Focus: Anthropology of Law, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Social and Political Theory
 Curriculum Vitae, SSRN

Contact Information

616 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

Faculty Assistant: Anita M. Gesel

Biography Publications

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.