Dr. Leah Blumenfels

Leah Hutton Blumenfeld, PhD

Associate Professor

Leah Hutton Blumenfeld, PhD, has taught at Barry University since 2010. She teaches courses in U.S. Government, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, 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. She received her doctorate from Florida International University, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Harvard University, and holds a Master's Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Blumenfeld has presented her research at numerous academic conferences, including the Caribbean Studies Association and Florida Political Science Association. She has served as an Officer and member of the Executive Council for the latter. Dr. Blumenfeld was an appointed member of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women for ten years (2009 – 2019). She has made appearances as a speaker or panelist for local conferences and has been interviewed on local and international news programs.


Book Chapter: Blumenfeld, L. (2020). "Female Misogyny and Political Power." In Marron, M. (ed.) Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump, (pp. 87-106). Lexington Books.

Journal Article: Blumenfeld, L. (2018, September 20). "Activo Inmaterial: Women in Colombia's Labor History." Open Americas. https://openamericas.org/2018/09/20/activo-inmaterial-women-in-colombias-labor-history/

Journal Article: Blumenfeld, L. (2017). "Republican Womanhood: Then and Now." Gender Forum, 61. http://genderforum.org/powerful-women-issue-61-2017/

Dissertation: "Trading Democracy for Security? The Effects of the International Drug War on the Quality of Democracy in the Dominican Republic, 1996 -2008" (2010). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 165. http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/etd/165