Leslie Hossfeld, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University
Dr. Leslie Hossfeld is trained in Rural Sociology from North Carolina State University. 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. Hossfeld was founding Director of the Mississippi Food Insecurity Project and serves on the USDA Southern Extension Research Activity project to strengthen local and regional food needs and priorities in 13 Southern region states.
Her current research focuses on multi-disciplinary strategies and collaborative partnerships to understand and alleviate persistent poverty in the Southeast, working to link US local food systems research and initiatives to nutrition, malnutrition (obesity), health outcomes and health disparities to develop policy coherence linking health and agriculture policy. Hossfeld is Dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University.