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Leah Windsor

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About Leah Windsor

Dr. Windsor joined the department in 2012. She specializes in political language and the politics of natural disasters. In 2014 she received a $1.3m grant from the Minerva Initiative (Department of Defense) to study the language of political leaders in authoritarian regimes and politically closed groups, including leaders like Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong Un, social movements like the Arab Spring, and the language of genocide in places like Rwanda. Her research on natural disasters focuses on the resiliency of the state and the humanitarian consequences of these events. Her work has been published in International Feminist Journal of Politics, Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy, and Dynamics of Asymmetrical Conflict. She has several publications currently under review and is preparing a book prospectus related to language and politics.

Research Interests

Political language; Politics of natural disasters

Teaching Interests

Revolutions and political violence; Politics in the developing world; International organizations


Ph.D., The University of Mississippi, 2012; M.A., The University of Memphis, 2005; B.S., Georgetown University, 1998


"Evaluating Climate Migration: Population Movement, Insecurity and Gender." with Nicole Detraz. The International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2013.

"The Language of Autocrats: Leaders' Language in National Crises." With Nia Dowell and Art Graesser. (Accepted January 2015) Risk, Hazards & Crises in Public Policy.

"Computational Linguistics Analysis of Leaders during Crises in Authoritarian Regimes." With Nia Dowell and Art Graesser. (Accepted March 2015) Dynamics of Asymmetrical Conflict.


Instructor with Graduate Faculty Status in Department of Political Science (July 2012-present); Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Intelligent Systems, The University of Memphis