BA Sociology, Political Science, and English, 2009, Davis & Elkins College
MA English, 2011, James Madison University
MA Sociology, 2015, University at Buffalo
Research interests: Urban Sociology, Social & Sociological Theory, Law & Society, Qualitative Methods, Poverty & Inequalities, Environmental Sociology, Social Problems, Cultural Sociology
Classical Sociological Theory
Social Research Methods
Bio: Matthew H. McLeskey is a PhD candidate and instructor in the Department of Sociology at University at Buffalo. He is also a research assistant in the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy in the School of Law and a teaching assistant in the Center for Excellence in Writing, where he oversees social science writing instruction. Broadly speaking, his research program focuses on how lead poisoning as an environmental risk contributes to housing inequality. His dissertation, funded by UB’s Mark Diamond Research Fund, compares tenants’ and landlords’ experiences with housing posing lead poisoning risks to understand how regulatory structures, financial constraints, housing needs, and health concerns converge to contribute to the reproduction of urban poverty. His teaching has been recognized with the Department of Sociology’s Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Teaching Award and an ASA Teaching & Learning Section SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.