Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Concentration:

    • Environmental Sociology
    • Sociology of Food and Agriculture
    • Community Sociology
    • Qualitative Methods
    • Theory
  • Department:

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • PhD
  • Curriculum Vitae:





Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hale, James, Meagan Schipanski & Michael Carolan. 2021. “Just Wheat Transitions?: Working Toward Constructive Structural Changes in Wheat Production.” Local Environment 26(1):43-59.

Jablonski, Kevin, Jasmine Dillon, James Hale, Becca Jablonski & Michael Carolan. 2020. “One Place Doesn’t Fit All: Improving the Effectiveness of Sustainability Standards by Accounting for Place.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems,

Hale, James, Katharine Legun, & Hugh Campbell. 2020. “Accounting for Account-abilities: Examining the Relationship Between Farm Nutrient Measurement and Collaborative Water Governance Dynamics in Canterbury, New Zealand.” Journal of Rural Studies, DOI:

Hale, James, Katharine Legun, Hugh Campbell, & Michael Carolan. 2019. “Social Sustainability Indicators as Performance.” Geoforum 103:47-55.

Sbicca, Joshua, India Luxton, James Hale, & Kassandra Roeser. 2019. “Networked Food Movement Collaboration and Concession: The Organizing of Incumbents and Challengers for Urban Food System Change.” Sustainability 11(10):2881.

Jablonski, Becca, Michael Carolan, James Hale et al. 2019. “Connecting Urban Food Plans to the Countryside: Leveraging Denver’s Food Vision to Build Meaningful Rural-Urban Linkages.” Sustainability 11(7):2200.

Hale, James & Michael Carolan. 2018. “Framing Co-operative Development: The Bridging Role of Cultural and Symbolic Value between Human and Material Resources.” Community Development 49(4):360-379.

Hale, James & Michael Carolan. 2018. “Cooperative or Uncooperative Co-operatives?: Digging into the Process of Cooperation in Food and Agriculture Co-operatives.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 8(1):1-20.

Carolan, Michael & James Hale. 2016. “‘Growing’ Communities with Urban Agriculture: Generating Value Above and Below Ground.” Community Development 47(4):530-545.

Litt, Jill, S. Schmiege, James Hale, Michael Buchenau, & F. Sancar. 2015. “Exploring Ecological, Emotional and Social Levers of Self-rated Health for Urban Gardeners and Non-gardeners: A Path Analysis.” Social Science and Medicine 144:1-8.

King, Diane, Jill Litt, James Hale, K. Burniece, & C. Ross. 2015 “‘The Park a Tree Built’: Evaluating How a Park Development Project Impacted Where People Play.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(2):293-299.

McIvor, David & James Hale. 2015. “Urban Agriculture and the Prospects for Deep Democracy.” Agriculture and Human Values 32(4):727-741.

Hale, James, Corrie Knapp, Lisa Bardwell, Michael Buchenau, J. Marshall, F. Sancar, & Jill Litt. 2011. “Connecting Food Environments and Health Through the Relational Nature of Aesthetics: Gaining Insight Through the Community Gardening Experience.” Social Science and Medicine 72:1853-1863.

Litt, Jill, M. Soobader, M. Turbin, James Hale, Michael Buchenau, J. Marshall. 2011 “Socio-Environmental Influences on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Understanding the Role of Social Involvement, Neighborhood Aesthetics and Community Garden Participation.” The American Journal of Public Health 101(8):1466-1473.


Book Chapters and Book Reviews

Hale, James & Michael Carolan. 2021. “Relational Resilience and the Making of Diverse Worlds.” in The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology, edited by Katharine Legun, Julie Keller, Michael Bell, & Michael Carolan.

Hale, James. 2017. Review of “Fast-Food Kids: French Fries, Lunch Lines, and Social Ties.” by Amy Best, Humanity and Society 41(4):510-512.

McIvor, David & James Hale. 2016. “Common Roots: Urban Agriculture’s Potential for Cultivating Deep Democracy.” in Sowing Seeds in the City, Volume 2, edited by Sally Brown, Kristen McIvor and Elizabeth Snyder, New York: Springer.

Litt, Jill, James Hale, & Michael Buchenau. 2014. “Connecting People and Their Food Systems: Why Gardens Matter.” Perspective article in Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity, edited by Roni Neff, Johns Hopkins University:Jossey-Bass.