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Leah Christiani Leah Christiani

Assistant Professor

Phone: 865-974-7047

Professor Christiani's Vita

Field of Study: American Politics, Methodology, Race and Gender


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020


Leah Christiani is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Affiliate with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at the University of Tennessee. She joined the faculty after earning her PhD (2020) and MA (2017) in Political Science, with a focus on American politics and political methodology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her BA (2011) in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

Leah studies the way that race, gender, and identity structure politics. She is interested in when, how, and why politicians talk about identity, and the impact this has on constituents. Further, she studies the way that people experience the government, based on their multiple identities, and the influence this has on their attitudes and behavior.

Leah’s work has appeared in multiple outlets, like Politics, Groups, and Identities, The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Policy Studies Journal, and others. She has also contributed to popular outlets like Medium and The Washington Post (Monkey Cage). She is excited to offer courses on identity and research methods at Tennessee – as well as opportunities for undergraduate research.

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