Professor and Director of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
Phinney Hall 310
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1110
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110
Leontina Hormel is a professor of Sociology. Her areas of research and teaching include political economy, environmental sociology, gender and class inequalities, international development and community action research. She has conducted ethnographic and survey work in Ukraine, the Russian Federation and throughout the state of Idaho.
- Ph.D., University of Oregon, Sociology, 2004
- M.A., University of Oregon, Sociology, 1998
- B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1993
Leontina Hormel grew up in Ephrata, Washington. Many of Ephrata's residents are economically tied to farming and the Grand Coulee Dam. Growing up here, Hormel 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 Hormel has pursued since becoming a sociologist has in one way or another always been influenced by her experiences growing up with folks in Ephrata.
Her research expertise includes the areas of political economy, international development, social and environmental inequalities. Being fluent in Russian language, obtained at Eastern Washington University, Hormel has studied and researched in Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Armenia and Karabagh. Her current research brings her closer home to the state of Idaho.
She has studied STEM education experiences in Idaho communities and is currently involved in two community action research projects. One project examines how Nez Perce cultural and environmental values shape community livelihoods and resilience in the Clearwater Basin. The second project seeks to understand the experiences of Syringa Trailer Park residents as they try to maintain homeownership rights in the midst water crises. Both community action projects illuminate the politics of securing community rights to healthy social and ecological systems.
- Environmental Sociology
- Political Economy and International Development
- Gender and Class Inequalities
- Community Action Research
Syringa Mobile Home Park Study
- Hormel, Leontina, Cynthia Ballesteros, and Haylee Brister. 2018. “Mobile Home Park Living and Rural Economic Segregation: Teaching with a Problem-Based Class Project.” In Kristin Haltinner and Leontina Hormel (equally shared authorship). Teaching Economic Inequality and Capitalism in Contemporary America. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Nez Perce Environmental Values Project
- Hormel, Leontina, Elliott Moffett, Julian Matthews, Lucinda Simpson, and Chris Norden. forthcoming 2019. “Organizing and Mobilizing Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment.” Prentice Zinn (ed.) Outside the Ivory Tower: Collaborative Research and Community Action. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
- Hormel, Leontina, and Chris Norden (Professor of English, LCSC). 2016. “Coyote Challenges the Monster: Assessing Nez Perce Environmental & Cultural Values following the 2013 Anti-Megaload Protests.” Practicing Anthropology 38(3), 17-19. DOI: http://sfaajournals.net/doi/10.17730/0888-4552-38.3.13.
- Hormel, Leontina M. 2016. Nez Perce Defending Treaty Lands in Northern Idaho, Peace Review Symposium: The Grassroots Response to Extractivism. 28(1): 76-83.
Ukraine Ethnographic Research
- Hormel, Leontina M. 2017. “Food or Flowers? Dacha Gardening and Gendered Class Relations in Post-Soviet Ukraine,” Rural Sociology, 82(1), 75-100. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.111/ruso.121110
- Hormel, Leontina. 2011. “Gender, Class, and Garment Work Reorganization in Ukraine.” GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft. Special issue 1(2): 10-25.
STEM Education Research
- Putsche, Laura, Leontina Hormel, John Mihelich, and Debbie Storrs. 2017. “‘You end up feeling like the rest of the world is kind of picking on you’: Perceptions of regulatory science’s threats to economic livelihoods and Idahoans’ collective identity.” Science Communication. DOI: 10.1177/1075547017730586
- Mihelich, John, Dilshani Sarathchandra, Leontina M. Hormel, Debbie Storrs, and Michelle Wiest. 2017. “Public Understanding of Science and K-12 STEM Education Outcomes: Effects of Idaho Parents’ Orientation Toward Science on Students’ Attitudes Toward Science.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, & Society: 1-12.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0270467616687217
Publications with U of I Students
- Hormel, Leontina M. and Lynn M. McAlister (UI McNair Scholar 2009). 2016. “These are the choices we’ve made”: How professors turn the public issue of rising student loan debt into a private trouble, Humanity & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0160597616639623.
- Shaver, Irene, Adina Chain-Guadarrama, Katherine A. Cleary, Andre Sanfiorenzo, Ricardo J. Santiago-García, Bryan Finegan, Leontina Hormel, Nicole Sibelet, Lee A. Vierling, Nilsa Bosque-Pérez, Fabrice DeClerck, Matthew E. Fagan, and Lisette P. Waits. 2015. Coupled social and ecological outcomes of agricultural intensification in Costa Rica and the future of biodiversity conservation in tropical agricultural regions, Global Environmental Change, 32: 74-86.
- Nez Perce Environmental and Cultural Values Study
Working in collaboration with Nez Perce members, summer 2015 to present, this project examines how Nimiipuu cultural and environmental values are part of the Clearwater Basin landscape. Using photovoice interviews and surveys, we wish to assist decision makers in developing policies reflecting Nimiipuu needs and develop better ways to communicate these needs to the broader public.
- Syringa Trailer Park Community Action Research Study
Over the span of four years, 2015 to present, this project follows how residents in Syringa Mobile Home Park, a low-income community three miles outside Moscow, Idaho, manage water crisis, changing management systems, and eventual closure and home loss.
- Micron STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education Research Project, 2010-2015:
Collaborating with social scientists in publishing results from this project’s data.
- Research and Scholarship: U of I CLASS/ORED TRIP Research Support Fellowship. “Protecting Home and Community at Syringa Mobile Home Park: Examining the Intersections of Poverty, Housing, and Environmental Justice in Rural Idaho.” 2017-2018. ($5,000)
- Research and Scholarship: U of I SEED Grant. Proposal Title: “A Survey of How Environmental Sustainability in the Clearwater Watershed Shapes Nez Perce People’s Cultural Vitality.” Awarded Funding, 2015-2016. ($11,849)
- Research and Scholarship: Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment (Lapwai, Idaho) with Dr. Leontina Hormel (U of I Sociology). Sociological Initiatives Foundation Action Grant (Boston, Massachusetts). Proposal Title: Healing Community, Educating Members, and Asserting Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Perspectives in Environmental Justice Policies: A Photovoice Project.” Awarded Funding, February 2015 to February 2016. ($18,730). SIF is a nationally competitive community action grant.
- Research and Scholarship: Summer 2015. CLASS Summer Grant. Proposal Title: “A Survey of How Environmental Sustainability in the Clearwater Watershed Shapes Nez Perce People’s Cultural Vitality.” Awarded Funding for Summer 2015. ($4,996).
- Mentorship in Student Research: Student Grant Program, U of 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