Fall 2021

The Baldy Center Podcast

Episode 22 Climate change and life finding a way.

Episode 22: Jordan Fox Besek on climate change and life finding a way

Published November 15, 2021

Episode 22 of The Baldy Center Podcast features Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Jordan Fox Besek. Besek discusses his new project with Brooklyn College professor Daniel Shtob, humanity’s relationship with nature, and climate change. He explores the ways in which humans effect the environment, sometimes producing poor outcomes despite green intentions, and the ripple effect those actions have.

Keywords: climate change, nature, humanity, ecological processes, environment, Asian carp


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…climate change does not impact everybody equally. Just as it wasn’t caused by everybody at the same time, it’s not going to impact everybody at the same time... We should think about more specific environmental processes and then how those interactions filter through the social processes of class, race, gender, and so forth.”
     —Jordan Fox Besek (2021 Podcast)

Jordan Fox Besek, PHD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

RESEARCH FOCUS: Environmental Sociology; Historical Sociology; Social Theory; Philosophy, History, and Sociology of Science; Law and Society; Animal Studies.

Jordan Fox Besek, PhD.

Jordan Fox Besek, PhD

Jordan Fox Besek is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. He is both a theorist and empirical researcher, who primarily uses qualitative methods. His current research examines a range of topics, including how globalized social processes link up environments across the world in ways that drive political, cultural, and legal problems; the continued relevance of W.E.B. Du Bois’ approach to interdisciplinarity and the application of this approach to contemporary environmental inequalities; and how sociological theory and practice can best incorporate both the power and limits of the natural sciences.

2021-22 Podcast Producer

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer.

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer

Edgar Girtain is host/producer of the 2021-22 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. He is a PhD student in the music department at SUNY Buffalo, where he studies with David Felder. Girtain is a director of the Casa de Las Artes at the University of Southern Chile (UACh), and president of the Southern Chilean Composers Forum (FoCo Sur).He is an eminent composer, pianist, and writer of his own biographies. Girtain's diverse areas of work are often collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and international in ambition if not in practice.

Executive Producers

Samantha Barbas, PhD
Professor, UB School of Law
Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center

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