Samantha Leonard


  • Visiting Lecturer

Samantha Leonard (she/her/hers) is a qualitative sociologist whose work focuses on gender & sexuality, social theory, social movements, violence, and temporality. In her dissertation, Leonard used ethnographic and archival methods in a transnational comparative study of the intimate partner violence fields in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Boston, United States. In addition, Leonard is developing an ethnographic project comparing the contemporary midwifery and intimate partner violence movements in the United States. Leonard is interested in the complex temporality of intimate experiences of violence, as well as the relationship between social services, social change, and social movements.

Areas of Expertise

gender & sexuality, social movements, violence, social theory, temporality


  • Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • M.A., Brandeis University
  • B.A., Vassar College