St. Cloud State Today

Tracy Ore

Company: St. Cloud State University

Position: Professor, Sociology / Director of St. Cloud State Community Garden

Areas of Expertise

  • Poverty and Structural Inequality
  • Food insecurity
  • Food apartheid
  • Food justice
  • Community Organizing

Publications & Accomplishments

  • The Social Construction of Difference & Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality,
    Eighth Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2022.
  • Minnesota State Board of Trustees Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in
    Teaching, 2018.
  • Past President, Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews
  • Member, American Sociological Association’s Program Reviewers & Consultants
  • Board Member, Tri-County Action Program of Central Minnesota


Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.


Tracy E. Ore is a professor of Sociology at St. Cloud State University. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, is an active member of the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Society and is Past-President of the Sociologists for Women in Society. Dr. Ore does research in the areas of poverty, food insecurity, food apartheid, and food justice.


Her most recent text is The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (Eighth edition), published by Oxford University Press in 2022. In addition to this work, Dr. Ore is a long-time activist and community organizer, from ACT-UP in the ‘80s to her current work around food justice. The connections between her scholarly work and activism are made real in the SCSU Community Garden, which she established in 2005.