Dr. Leah Windsor

Dr. Leah Windsor

University of Memphis

Dr. Leah Windsor is an Associate Professor in the Applied Linguistics group in the Department of English and the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis. She also has Faculty Affiliate status with CAESER (Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research) and in the Department of Political Science. She directs the Languages Across Cultures lab and is PI on an NSF grant studying multimodal signals in world leaders’ speeches. Dr. Windsor received her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1998, her Master’s degree in Political Science at The University of Memphis in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in 2012. Dr. Windsor served as PI for a DoD Minerva Initiative grant that examines political communication in authoritarian regimes and opaque political groups, and PI on a Smart City Memphis grant looking at language and community responsiveness. Her interdisciplinary approach to understanding political language is situated at the intersection of political science, linguistics, and cognitive science. In 2018, she launched the QuantText website to serve as a repository for quantitative text analysis research. Her work has been published in Political Communication, PLOS-ONE, International Interactions, Political Research Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Terrorism and Political Violence, and she serves on the Editorial Board of International Studies Quarterly and International Studies Perspectives. Her book on bias in family formation in academia, The PhD Parenthood Trap: Gender, Bias, and the Elusive Work-Family Balance in Academia (with Dr. Kerry Crawford) is available from Georgetown University Press. She is also a 2020-2023 Non-Resident Fellow for the Krulak Center in the Marine Corps University, and serves on the boards of the Text-as-Data and Tennessee Higher Education Initiative. She is a fourth-generation farmer from Central Illinois.

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