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Dr. Leah Blumenfels

Leah Hutton Blumenfeld, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Phone: 305-899-3389
E-mail: lblumenfeld@mail.barry,edu
Office: O'Laughlin Hall, 247

Born in Virginia and raised in Washington state, Leah Blumenfeld lived and studied in New England for several years before coming to Miami in 2004 to pursue her PhD. At Barry she teaches courses in U.S. Government, Political Theory, and Comparative Politics, and has previously taught courses in International Relations and Women’s Studies. Her research interests include the militarization of the international Drug War, U.S. – Caribbean relations, political participation, and the status of women. When not on campus, Dr. Blumenfeld can be found working with the grants department of the Miami City Ballet company, where she often takes classes. Dr. Blumenfeld has also been a member of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women since 2009.


ALB cum laude – Humanities, concentration in Spanish language and literature, Harvard University, June 1999.

MA – International Studies (Latin America), University of Connecticut, May 2003.

PhD – Political Science, Florida International University, April 2010.

Selected Academic Presentations

  • Research Presentation: “Justice in the War on Drugs: The Dominican Experience with Police Reform.” 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference on Democracy and Democratization, University of Connecticut, February 27, 2010.
  • Moderator: “Dance, Gender, and Culture.” Panel Discussion, Women’s Studies Center, Florida International University, October 15, 2009.
  • Research Presentation: Applying Just War Theory to the War on Drugs.” International Ethics in Times of Insecurity: A Mini Conference, Florida International University, February 20, 2009.
  • Research Presentation: “Just War Doctrine and the War on Drugs.” Georgia Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, November 16, 2007
  • Research Presentation: The Political Economy of Tourism: Women and Labor in the Caribbean.” The 18th Annual Conference on Women and Gender, University of Connecticut, March 31, 2006.
  • Research Presentation: “Habitual Policy: U.S. – Cuba Relations in the 1990’s.” 30th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 3, 2005.
  • Research Presentation: “Political Decentralization in Bolivia and Colombia.” 10th Annual Latin American Social and Public Policy Conference, University of Pittsburgh, February 17, 2005.

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