Contact & Location


The Department of
Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
Phinney Hall 101
PHONE: (208) 885-6751
FAX: (208) 885-2034
E-MAIL: socanth@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of
Sociology & Anthropology
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Leotina Hormel

Leontina M. Hormel, Ph.D.

Office: Archie Phinney Hall Room 115
Phone: 208-885-6735
Email: lhormel@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Sociology & Anthropology- University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1110
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Associate Professor

With UI Since 2006

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Political Economy,Environmental Inequalities, International Development
  • Biography
    I grew up in Ephrata, Washington. Many of Ephrata's residents are economically tied to farming and the Grand Coulee Dam. Growing up here, I became keenly aware of how rural people can oftentimes feel invisible politically and how their livelihoods can be integrally tied to government development projects, like the Grand Coulee Dam. The research I have pursued since becoming a sociologist has in one way or another always been influenced by my experiences growing up with folks in Ephrata. My research expertise includes the areas of political economy, international development, social and environmental inequalities. Being fluent in Russian language (obtained at Eastern Washington University), I have studied and researched in Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Armenia and Karabagh. My current research brings me closer home to the state of Idaho. I am involved in interdisciplinary research that examines the socio-cultural impacts of local communities in Idaho youth's pursuits in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
  • Selected Publications
    • “Focus Groups in Action: Problems of purposeful sampling and group composition when initiating research from afar.” Forthcoming May 2014. Sage Cases in Methodology, edited by Patrick Brindle and Laura Notton.
    • “Gender, Class, and Garment Work Reorganization in Ukraine.” 2011. GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft
    • “Atheism and Secularity in the former U.S.S.R.” 2010. Atheism and Secularity, Volume II, edited by Phil Zuckerman.  Westport, CT: Praeger, 45-71. 
    • Hormel, Leontina M. and Kari M. Norgaard (equally shared authorship). 2009. “Bring the Salmon Home! Karuk Challenges to Capitalist Incorporation.” Critical Sociology.
    • Hormel, Leontina M. and Caleb Southworth. 2006. “Eastward Bound: A case study of post-Soviet labor migration from a rural Ukrainian town.” Europe-Asia Studies. 58(4): 603-623.
  • Research Projects
    • Micron STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education Research Project, 2010-2015:
      The Micron STEM education research project is collecting and analyzing data on the needs, attitudes and contextual variables associated with student underperformance in STEM education in Idaho. The goal in the analysis is to identify barriers to STEM interest and competency, which will enhance policy discussion and practices aimed toward strengthening STEM education, increasing student participation and achievement in the State of Idaho. Leontina is the lead coordinator for the focus group phase of this project and will work with team members to design and implement the statewide survey.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Research & Scholarship: “Agricultural intensification, habitat fragmentation and social-ecological resilience in the SJLS region of Costa Rica.” NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH). Lisette Waits, Nilsa Bosque-Perez, Lee Vierling, Bryan Finegan (CATIE), Leontina Hormel, Kate Cleary, Irene Shaver, Andre Sanforienzo, Adina Chain, and Ricardo Santiago. ($183,423)
    • Research & Scholarship: Research Team Member, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Research Initiative. Micron Technology Foundation, 2010-2014. ($1,202,800.00)
    • Research & Scholarship: Kurt Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship, CLASS, “Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Understandings of STEM Education among Idaho State Education Policy Leaders.” ($9,000)
    • Mentorship in Student Research: Student Grant Program, U.I. Research Office, 2010. Corrie Ellis, Student recipient. “A Qualitative Study of Women's Work in Quito, Ecuador.”
    • Teaching: Outstanding Faculty Award, Disabilities Support Services, 2010