Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies in Political Science
Honors Program Director, Legal Studies
Leah is on the faculty in Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where she has taught Dispute Resolution since 1993. Her recent research and teaching applies Critical Race theory to mediation and issues of environmental justice. She has also been a mediator and trainer since 1985, working with over one hundred educational institutions and non-profits on the intersections between oppression, diversity, and conflict resolution. Leah developed an approach to mediation training and intervention that incorporates a social justice lens and this has served as the basis of a number of her publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Leah served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Conflict Resolution (2002-2008) and has served as a member of the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly since 2002. Leah is Co-Director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) located at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in Legal Studies. Her research at NCTDR explores issues of power and identity as they manifest in online conflicts and in dispute resolution strategies. She is presently collaborating on an interdisciplinary research project on online dispute resolution technology and social deliberative skills funded by the National Science Foundation.