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“Leslie pointed out there are clear examples of systemic discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, even in progressive New England. 'And you don't find those until you start looking underneath the hood at rates like food insufficiency,' Leslie explained. Leslie added the findings suggest policymakers should address the ways in which racism and discrimination create an ongoing food crisis for LGBTQ+ New Englanders, especially those who are people of color.”


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  • Environmental sociology

  • Food systems & justice

  • Gender & sexuality

  • Rural economic & community development

Isaac “Ike” Sohn 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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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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