“Ecology is often described as the study of natural communities. Sociology is often described as the study of human communities. Environmental sociology is the study of both together”
Co-author of the textbook An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, 6th Edition
Two-time Fulbright scholar of organic and agroecological food system development in Argentina
Rural economic & community development
Won external grants totaling $578,070 for applied research on rural New England economic and community development
Gender & sexuality
Lead author of a special issue of Society & Natural Resources on gender, sexuality, and sustainability in U.S. farming
Isaac, or “Ike,” is a publicly engaged environmental sociologist specializing in justice, sustainability, and economic viability in food systems. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire, Ike is leading a study about the systemic and community factors that affect farm viability in New England.
Ike co-authored the sixth edition of An Invitation to Environmental Sociology and co-edited a special issue of Society & Natural Resources, which unpacks the roles of gender and sexuality in farming. Their work on the economic and community development of U.S. and Argentinian food systems is also published in Rural Sociology, Agriculture and Human Values, the Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, and elsewhere.
Ike's research has been supported by Fulbright, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others. They earned a Ph.D. in Sociology/Community & Environmental Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an M.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire; and a B.A. in International Studies and Music from Vassar College.
They also co-own and operate Magnetic Fields Farm, an agroecological fruit and vegetable farm that attracts and sustains multiracial rural queer farm community through culturally vital food production, community land access, and affordable housing. You can learn more about Magnetic Fields Farm on Vermont Public Radio and the Cultivating Resilience podcast.
Bell, Michael Mayerfeld, Loka L. Ashwood, Isaac Sohn Leslie, and Laura Hanson Schlachter. 2021. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology. 6th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, and London, UK: Sage.
Special Issue Editor
Leslie, Isaac Sohn, Jaclyn Wypler, and Michael Mayerfeld Bell. 2019. “Relational Agriculture: Gender, Sexuality, and Sustainability in U.S. Farming.” Society & Natural Resources 32(8):853-74.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Leslie, Isaac Sohn. 2019. “Queer Farmland: Land Access Strategies for Small-Scale Agriculture.” Society & Natural Resources 32(8):928-46.
Crowley, Morgan, Kara E. Shannon, Isaac Sohn Leslie, Andrea Jilling, Cameron D. McIntire, and Emily Kyker-Snowman. 2019. “Sustainable Beef Production in New England: Policy and Value Chain Challenges and Opportunities.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 43(3):274-98.
Leslie, Isaac Sohn. 2017. “Improving Farmers Markets and Challenging Neoliberalism in Argentina.” Agriculture and Human Values 34(3):729-42.
Leslie, Isaac Sohn. 2017. “Queer Farmers: Sexuality and the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture.” Rural Sociology 82(4):747-71.
Leslie, Isaac Sohn and Monica M. White. 2018. “Race and Food: Agricultural Resistance in U.S. History.” Pp. 347-64 in Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, edited by Pinar Batur and Joe Feagin. New York: Springer.
Carson, Jess, Analena Bruce, and Isaac Sohn Leslie. 2021. “Half of New Hampshire Residents Buy Local Farm Food at Least a Few Times a Month, But Engagement Varies by County.” Carsey School of Public Policy, Regional Issue Brief #65: 1-4.
Isaac "Ike" Leslie, Ph.D. (they/them)