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Don Leonard

Don Leonard

Don Leonard

Assistant Professor of Practice | Knowlton School


296 Knowlton Hall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Political economy of developing countries
  • Trade and development
  • Distributional politics


  • Ph.D., Government, Cornell University (2014)
  • M.A., Government, Cornell University (2011)
  • M.A, Economic and Social Development, University of Massachusetts (2004)
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Massachusetts (2002)

Don Leonard is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Knowlton School of Architecture. His research focuses on how the forces of globalization affect development outcomes in Latin America and across the Global South. He is currently working on a book project that examines how exposure to international trade altered patterns of state development across Latin America by reshaping the distribution of income within agrarian societies. 

Before beginning his doctoral studies at Cornell he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 2004-2006.


  • 2013. “Review of Creative Destruction? Economic Crises and Democracy in Latin America, by Francisco E. González.Latin American Politics and Society 55(4), 182–211.
  • 2006. “Water is Life! Utility de-privatization and the search for alternatives in Cochabamba,Bolivia” Progressive Planning, no. 169.

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