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Leif Jensen, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Rural Sociology / Demography

Biography

My research interests are found within three broad areas. The first is social stratification with emphasis on poverty, employment and underemployment, and informal work and other household economic survival strategies.  Much of this work focuses on rural populations and rural-urban differences.  My second area of interest is demography with special attention to migration and immigration.  Finally, I'm also interested in the sociology of economic development with a focus on the intersection of gender and agriculture and on Latin America.

Research Interests

Immigrants in New Destinations; Community and Regional Impacts on Poverty and Stratification; Community and Economic Development

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Wisconsin–Madison, Minor: Economics, 1987
  • M.S., Sociology, The University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1982
  • B.A., Sociology, The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, 1980