- Honors Director (Legal Studies)
Leah is Senior Lecturer II on the faculty in the Legal Studies Program where she has taught since 1993. Her teaching and research utilize law and society scholarship, and critical race legal theory in particular, to interrogate the relationship between disputing and justice. Her areas of concentration are the impact of identity, inequality, and technology on the transformation of conflict and furtherance of justice through dispute resolution processes in offline and online geographies. Her current research projects include AI, ethics and dispute resolution, crowdsourcing and spatial justice, technological responses to disaster and digital harm doing. She recently completed three National Science Foundation funded research projects on online dispute resolution with multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research teams.
Leah is co-director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR), founding board member of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR), serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and has served two terms on the Association of Conflict Resolution Board of Directors. Leah founded and directs the Art of Conflict Transformation Event Series at UMASS Amherst. Since 2007 it has brought together over 3000 scholars, artists, conflict resolvers, and students to explore the geography of conflict; the spaces in and on which conflict has been imprinted and expressed, and the emerging terrains of resistance, resilience, and transformation. Leah is a member of Healing Through Remembering (Belfast).
- Legal Studies