Environmental sociology · Food systems

Isaac, or “Ike,” is an environmental sociologist focused on justice, sustainability, and viability in food systems. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire, Ike is leading a study about farm viability in New England. They 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. Ike’s work on U.S. and Argentinian food systems is also published in Rural Sociology, Agriculture and Human Values, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, the Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, and elsewhere. Ike earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as an M.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. They are also a farmer at Magnetic Fields, an agroecological farm that supports rural queer and BIPOC farm community.





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.

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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.

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Leslie, Isaac Sohn. 2019. “Queer Farmland: Land Access Strategies for Small-Scale Agriculture.” Society & Natural Resources 32(8):928-46.

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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.

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Leslie, Isaac Sohn. 2017. “Improving Farmers Markets and Challenging Neoliberalism in Argentina.” Agriculture and Human Values 34(3):729-42.

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Leslie, Isaac Sohn. 2017. “Queer Farmers: Sexuality and the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture.” Rural Sociology 82(4):747-71.

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Book Chapters

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.

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Policy Briefs

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.

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Curriculum Vitae



Isaac "Ike" Leslie


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