Leslie Martin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mary Washington, a small, public liberal arts college in Fredericksburg, VA. She teaches a range of undergraduate sociology courses including urban sociology, community power, education and social welfare. Her research focuses on gentrification, homelessness and neighborhoods. Her teaching frequently involves working collaboratively with community partners in the local area, and she serves on the board of the Fredericksburg Continuum of Care (coordinating agency for homeless services in the region) and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. She received her M.A. in Urban Studies from Temple University and Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University.
Leslie’s service to UAA includes chairing the Program Committee and the Ad-hoc Committee on Recognitions, serving as a coordinator of the new UAA Teaching Academy, and serving on the Conference Policy Committee. She has presented papers, moderated sessions, and hosted breakfast roundtable sessions at the annual conference for 2 decades.
UAA has been Leslie’s academic and professional home. She has keenly felt the value of being part of an inclusive, multidisciplinary organization that connects academics and practitioners, grad students and established scholars. She seeks to join the board to support initiatives to grow the ways that we support our diverse stakeholders – including professional development offerings focused on teaching,