Leslie Hossfeld

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Professor and Head

Director Mississippi Food Insecurity Project
Associate Director Local Food Systems Development
MSU-UMMC Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities

201 Bowen Hall

North Carolina State University


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 two presentations to the United States Congress and one to the 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, President of the Southern Sociological Society, and on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association. She founded the Public Sociology undergraduate and graduate program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Hossfeld has worked extensively on economic recovery projects for rural North Carolina counties and is co-founder and President of the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program Feast Down East, managing several million in grant funds to support this initiative. Due to her expertise in rural economic development, Congressman Bob Etheridge appointed Dr. Hossfeld to serve on the USDA Rural Growth and Opportunity Board of Advisors. She is recipient of the 2011 UNCW Distinguished Award for Scholarly Engagement and Public Service and the UNCW 2013 College of Arts and Sciences faculty research award.  Dr. Hossfeld joined Mississippi State University as Professor and Head of Department in July 2015. She founded and directs the Mississippi Food Insecurity Project www.mfip.msstate.edu that examines and documents food insecurity and food access in the Global South.  Dr. Hossfeld was appointed to the MSU-UMMC Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities serving as Associate Director of Food Systems/Food Security/Food Access/Economic Development.  Her current research focuses on local food systems development and food access in Mississippi.