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“'The story of queer farmers is not just one of oppression but also one of resistance and community building and joy,' [Leslie] said.”


Community and economic development

Rural and international

Environmental sociology

Qualitative, participatory, and mixed methods

Food systems

Food justice, agroecology, and farm viability

Gender and sexuality

& intersections with race, ethnicity, nation, class, ability, and religion

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Dr. Isaac “Ike” Leslie (they/them) is an Extension Assistant Professor of Community Development, Graduate Faculty in Food Systems, and Collaborator with the Institute for Agroecology at the University of Vermont. Ike researches and organizes with Vermont communities for social and environmental change. They are an environmental sociologist specializing in justice, sustainability, and economic viability in food systems. Ike also researches and organizes with LGBTQ+ farmers and rural residents.


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 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.





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Social Mycorrhiza: The Social Infrastructure of Agroecological Farming Economies
Isaac Sohn Leslie
Surveying Queer Farmers: How Heteropatriarchy Affects Farm Viability and Farmer Well-being in U.S. Agriculture
Michaela Hoffelmeyer, Jaclyn Wypler, Isaac Sohn Leslie
LGBTQ+ Food Insufficiency in New England
Isaac Sohn Leslie, Jessica Carson, Analena Bruce
Half of New Hampshire Residents Buy Local Farm Food at Least a Few Times a Month, But Engagement Varies by County
Jess Carson, Analena Bruce, Isaac Sohn Leslie
An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, 6th Edition
Michael Mayerfeld Bell, Loka L. Ashwood, Isaac Sohn Leslie, Laura Hanson Schlachter
Improving Farmers Markets and Challenging Neoliberalism in Argentina
Isaac Sohn Leslie
Race and Food: Agricultural Resistance in U.S. History
Isaac Sohn Leslie, Monica M. White
Queer Farmland: Land Access Strategies for Small-Scale Agriculture
Isaac Sohn Leslie
Relational Agriculture: Gender, Sexuality, and Sustainability in U.S. Farming
Isaac Sohn Leslie, Jaclyn Wypler, Michael Mayerfeld Bell
Sustainable Beef Production in New England: Policy and Value-chain Challenges and Opportunities
Morgan A. Crowley, Kara E. Shannon, Isaac Sohn Leslie, Andrea Jilling, Cameron D. McIntire, Emily Kyker-Snowman
Queer Farmers: Sexuality and the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture
Isaac Sohn Leslie
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