• Graduate Teaching Assist (TA), Parks, Recreation & Tourism


  • B.A. , Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University
  • B.S. , Technical Photography, Appalachian State University
  • M.S., Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University. Project: Exploring the Role of Photography in Agritourism Marketing


Leah Joyner is a PhD student and teaching and research assistant in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department at the University of Utah.  She holds an MS in Sustainable Tourism from East Carolina University and a BA in Sustainable Development and BS in Technical Photography from Appalachian State University.

Her research focuses on food sovereignty and (in)justice, and explores intersections of food systems, farming, and leisure. In Salt Lake City, much of her work examines historic and contemporary factors that shape the foodscape of the city and produce geographies of food inequity within the urban context of the Wasatch Front. Leah has previously worked with farmers and tourism industry partners on food, farming, and agritourism development projects both in the US and internationally. She currently serves as a research fellow with the Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity (RESET) in Tourism Initiative.