This page contains a listing of Baldy Center staff.
Errol Meidinger is the Director of the Baldy Center. He is the
Margaret W. Wong Professor of Law, an Adjunct Professor of
Sociology at SUNY Buffalo, and also an Honorary Professor at the
University of Freiburg. His recent research has focused on efforts
to use “supra-governmental” regulatory programs, such
as environmental certification and fair labor standards programs,
to improve the social and environmental performance of business. He
is currently working on two related research projects, one focusing
on interactions among state and non-state transnational governance
organizations and another on the growing use by governments of
limitations on access to their markets to promote environmentally
and socially desirable behavior in other states. He earned his JD
and PhD (Sociology) at Northwestern University. Read more.
Laura Wirth is the Assistant Director of the Baldy Center. She
holds a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from
the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is responsible for
organizing and coordinating the Baldy Center’s activities,
managing the daily operations and Center staff, maintaining the
budget, administering the grant application and award processes for
affiliated faculty and fellows, and overseeing event planning and
Caroline Funk is the Baldy Center Research Associate. She holds
a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and specializes in the
archaeology of human/environment relationships. She has worked in
multidisciplinary and multinational teams in Russia, Portugal, and
Alaska to answer questions about the intersection of cultural and
environmental histories. Caroline currently leads a
multidisciplinary research program in the Rat Islands, western
Aleutians, Alaska, investigating the long-term history of human use
of the region, and the impact of small-scale societies on the
environment. Caroline helps Baldy affiliated faculty to develop
Matthew H. McLeskey is a Baldy Center Research Assistant. He is a doctoral student in the SUNY Buffalo Department of Sociology and interested in sociology of law, urban sociology, and social theory. He recently completed an M.A. in sociology at SUNY Buffalo, and before that an M.A. in English literature at James Madison University and a B.A. at Davis & Elkins College.
Yaqi Yuan (Sam) is a Baldy Center Research Assistant. She is a second-year PhD student from SUNY Buffalo Sociology Department and interested in law and society, sociology of families, and medical sociology. She recently completed an M.A. in political science with the Hunan University Graduate School in China.