Alissa Meyer Rossi

Alissa Meyer Rossi

Portrait of Dr. Ali Rossi

Alissa Meyer Rossi

Senior Lecturer

Community and Leadership Development
503 Garrigus Building 325 Cooper Drive Lexington, KY 40546

Last Revised: Jan 22nd, 2024

Professional Biography

Professional Profile


I am a Rural Sociologist by training, and as a Senior Lecturer my priority is my students. I regularly teach CLD 102: Dynamics of Rural Social Life, CLD 380: Globalization, SAG310: Cultural Perspectives on Sustainability, and CLD 305: Research Methods in CLD. I have also taught courses on food systems and the global implications of eating, refugees & immigration, public protests from 1999 to the Arab Spring, and more.


The common theme across all my classes is an emphasis on addressing the social problems students care most about. I enjoy the experience of building a true classroom community. 

More broadly, I have worked on various methods of integrating social, economic, and environmental sustainability into pedagogy at UK.


Areas of Interest: 

  • International Development & Globalization
  • Political Ecology
  • Protest and Resistance
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sociology of Food Systems
  • Agriculture, and Environment



Chair, Program Committee for Community & Leadership Development. 

Faculty Mentor for Lends A Hand student organization for volunteer work and the UK Futsal Club. 

Member, Teaching Innovation Institute 2023-24 Cohort, Faculty Sustainability Council, Environmental Humanities Initiative 


Office hours: by appointment 



Ph.D., Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
M.S., Sociology, University of Kentucky, 2004
B.A., International Studies, University of Dayton, 2000

Contact Information

Dr. Wes Harrison, Ph.D.
Department Chair

500 W.P. Garrigus Building Lexington, KY 40546-0215

(859) 562-2788