Dr. Leslie Hossfeld


Contact Dr. Leslie Hossfeld
Chair and Professor of Sociology

Office: BR 250
Phone: 910.962.7849
Email: hossfeldl@uncw.edu


Margaret Devereux Lippitt Rorison Faculty Fellow in Community Engagement

2002 Ph.D. Sociology, North Carolina State University

1986 M.S. Sociology, University of Mississippi

1983 B.A. History, UNCW

Professional Associations

President Elect - Southern Sociological Society

Vice President: Sociologists for Women in Societ

Chair, Committee on Sociological Practice: Southern Sociological Society

Co-Chair ASA Task Force for Institutionalizing Public Sociologies

North Carolina Sociological Association


Society for the Study of Social Problems

Research Associate: International Gender and Trade Network

Editorial Board: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Development

Council Member: ASA Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology

Program Committee: ASA Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy


About the Chair

Leslie Hossfeld is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Hossfeld is trained in Rural Sociology from North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She has extensive experience examining rural poverty and economic restructuring and has made numerous presentations to the United States Congress and North Carolina Legislature on job loss and rural economic decline. Dr. Hossfeld has served as Co-Chair of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Public Sociology, Vice President of Sociologists for Women in Society and is President of the Southern Sociological Society. She works on economic recovery projects for rural North Carolina counties and is co-founder and Executive Director of the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program Feast Down East.


Specialty Areas

Community Engagement

Economic Development

Poverty in Southeastern North Carolina

Public Sociology

Community-based Participatory Research

Job Loss and Economic Restructuring


Courses Taught

Sociology of Poverty

Rural Sociology


Race and Ethnic Relations

Community Development

Public Sociology Seminar


Current Research Interests

Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Project (SENCFS) Feast Down East

Poverty Reduction in North Carolina

Philanthropy of Community

Jobs for the Future Project

Worker Displacement

Gender and Job Loss

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