History and Philosophy
Office Location: AC-3D04
Degree Institution Field Dates PhD University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo Anthropology 1994 MA University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo Anthropology 1989 JD College of Law, University of the Philippines Law 1985
Roberto M. Benedito is a Doctoral Lecturer in the Cultural Diversity Program of the Department of History and Philosophy. He is a lawyer with a Ph. D. in Anthropology (SUNY at Buffalo). He currently serves as a member of the Outcomes and Assessment Committee, an advisory body to the President.
Benedito's research deals with law, culture and anthropology. His area specialty is Southeast Asia particulary the Philippines, where he was from originally and worked as a lawyer and human rights advocate. He has studied law, culture and legal consciousness among indigenous peoples of the Philippines. He has published articles on the impact of state and international law on indigenous peoples rights specifically their ownership to ancestral land. A common theme in his research is the significance of cultural practice in law and legal institutions.
Areas of Expertise
- Law and Anthropology
Indigenous Peoples' Rights
South East Asia
Books in Field Of Expertise
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Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo: 1992-1993.
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, University At Buffalo, SUNYat Buffalo: 1987-1990.
Scholar-in-Residence, School of Law, University At Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo: 1987-1990.
Justice Alex Reyes Scholarship, College of Law, University of the Philippines: 1981-1984.
University of the Philippines Scholarship: 1976-1979.
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Attended, The Innocence Project (Elizabeth Webster and Nicole Harris “National litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice”: Feb 23, 2011.
Assisted, Cultural Diversity sponsored Program “Under the Veil”: Nov 4, 2010.
Sponsor/Host, World Mental Health Day (Speaker: Mr. Dan Coronel, AVP Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center): Oct 7, 2010.
Facilitator, York College’s Freshman Reader Program (Outcast United): Sept 7, 2010.
Assisted in the Cultural Diversity Program Special Black History Month Event: Feb 25, 2010.
Assisted in Pulitzer Prize winner Ms. Lynn Nottage’s visit to York College Campus: Oct. 23, 2009.