Brandon Hofstedt faculty


Earned and Honorary Degrees

PhD Iowa State University
MS Iowa State University
BA Augsburg College


After hopping around the Midwest, my family and I finally decided to settle down in Ashland when offered a job at Northland. We are very excited about returning to this area of the country, only a few hours away from where I grew and completed my undergraduate studies.

We reside in the city of Ashland and love everything about the north woods (e.g., Lake Superior, outdoor activities, open-minded and accepting community, and cold and snowy winters). Prior to joining the faculty at Northland in 2010, I held teaching appointments at the College of Mount St. Joseph (assistant professor of sociology) in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at St. Norbert College (teaching fellow) in De Pere, Wisconsin. Prior to that, I lived and studied in Ames, Iowa, where I earned my PhD and MS in sociology.


My academic interests include community development, civic participation, social movements, political sociology, and community and urban studies. I am interested in understanding how and why communities change, develop, and plan for sustainable and resilient futures.

I have taught a number of courses including: political process; social science research methods; methods of sustainable community development; applied research practicum; capitalism, justice, and sustainability; collapse and sustainability; organizing communities; models of sustainable community change (a travel course to Oregon and Nicaragua); introduction to sociology; introduction to social responsibility; race, class, and gender; social problems; social movements; social stratification; sociological theory; and senior capstone.

Selected Publications

Hofstedt, Brandon. 2014. “Social Movements in Action: Combating Environmental Racism on a Native American Reservation.” In Sociologists In Action: Race, Class, and Gender, edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen, Jonathan White, and Shelley White. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Publication pending.

Dobratz, Betty A. and Brandon Hofstedt. 2012. “Chapter 8: Social Movements.” In Power, Politics, and Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology by Betty Dobratz, Lisa Waldner, and Timothy L. Buzzell. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Hofstedt, Brandon. 2012. Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, and Lecture PowerPoints for Power, Politics, and Society. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Besser, Terry, Peter Korsching, Nancy Miller, Bridget Diamond Welch, Brandon Hofstedt, and Ryan Orr. 2006. “Creating Business Networks.” CD Practice 14:1-12.

Research Experience

“Sustainable Community Development through Asset Based Community Development: Local Assets and Amenities for Northwoods Communities.” Ashland Area Development Corporation, the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ashland, and WITC-Ashland supported project. September 2012-Present.

“Northern Wisconsin Lakes Survey: Stakeholder Uses, Behaviors, and Perceptions.” In conjunction with Randy Lehr, Bro Professor of Regional Sustainability at Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources supported project. September 2012-Present.

“Charting Social Infrastructure for Sustainable Community Development: Social Capital Surveys for Northwoods Communities.” Funding under review. September 2013-Present.

“Mobilizing Community Capitals in Land-based Social Movements: Integrating Theories of Social Movements,” Midwest Sociological Society supported project, April 2007-May 2008.

“Business Networks and Rural Community Economic Vitality,” National Science Foundation and Fund for Rural America, United States Department of Agriculture supported. Terry Besser and Nancy Miller, Co-Principal Investigator, August 2005-August 2006.

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