Jordan Fox Besek is an assistant professor of sociology in the sociology department at SUNY Buffalo whose research focuses on the interplay between social, ecological, and historical processes.
Jordan has published articles in journals such as Environmental Sociology, Social Currents, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and The International Journal of Sociology and has taught courses on sociological theory, Development and Social Change, the Sociology of Science, Animals and Society, Organizational Sociology, and American Society.
His principal project uses the emergence of an invasive species, Asian carp, as an empirical gateway that leads towards building theory for examining how ecological change may (or may not), over time, set in motion contradictions amongst social processes. Other interests include the social processes that lead to biodiversity loss, combining theory from historical sociology and environmental sociology, the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, and the relationship between rural politics and ecological change. Throughout this work, he ties together literatures in environmental sociology, theory, comparative historical sociology, and the sociology of science, and Animal Studies.