• B.A., Moravian College 2002
  • M.A., University of New Mexico 2004
  • Ph.D, University of New Mexico 2011
Areas of Interest

Michele Leiby is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the College of Wooster. Her research focuses on human rights and political violence, gender and conflict processes, and human rights advocacy. Methodologically, her work incorporates large-N data collection and statistical analysis, interview and archival research, survey experiments, and extensive fieldwork in Latin America and the United States. Her work has been published in English and Spanish, appearing in American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Politics and Society, Revista Memoria as well as in multiple edited volumes. At the College, she teaches: Intro to Comparative Politics, Human Rights, Sex and War, Latin American Politics, and Research Methods & Design.

  • “How Combining Framing Strategies Affects Human Rights Micromobilization” with Kyla McEntire and Matthew Krain. Research and Politics April-June: 1-11. 2017
  • “Sexual Violence against Political Prisoners: an Examination of Empirical Evidence in El Salvador and Peru” in Ackerman, Alissa and Richard Furman, eds. Sexual Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives NY: Columbia University Press. 2015  Translation: “Violencia Sexual contra Detenidos: Un Examen de la Evidencia Empírica en el Salvador y el Perú” Revista Memoria: Revista sobre Cultura, Democracia, y Derechos Humanos. 20:1-13. 2016
  • “How to Ask People for Change: Examining Peoples’ Willingness to Donate to Human Rights Campaigns” with Kyla McEntire and Matthew Krain, in Pruce, Joel, ed. The Social Practice of Human Rights NY: Palgrave MacMillan. 2015
  • “Human Rights Organizations as Agents of Change: an Experimental Examination of Framing and Micromobilization” with Kyla McEntire and Matthew Krain. American Political Science Review 109(3): 407-426. 2015
  • “The Promise and Peril of Primary Documents: Documenting Wartime Sexual Violence in El Salvador and Peru” in Bergsmo, Morten; Butenschøn Skre, Alf and Elisabeth J. Wood, eds. Understanding and Proving International Sex Crimes Beijing: Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. 2012
  • “Wartime Sexual Violence in Guatemala and Peru” International Studies Quarterly 53:445-468. 2009
  • “Digging in the Archives: The Promise and Perils of Primary Documents” Politics and Society 37:75-99. 2009  Translation (under new title): “Documentando la Violencia Sexual en los Conflictos Armados: el Caso Peruano” Revista Memoria: Revista sobre Cultura, Democracia, y Derechos Humanos. 14:1-18. 2014
  • “The Role of the Health Care Industry in New Mexico State Politics: A Connect the Dots Report” Common Cause, Albuquerque, NM 2007
  • “The Legacy of Wartime Violence on Intimate-Partner AbuasAbusee: Micro-level Evidence from Peru, 1980-2009” with Gudrun Østby and Ragnhild Nordås. forthcoming International Studies Quarterly.
  • “Uncovering Men’s Narratives of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence” in Zalewski, Marysia; Drumond, Paula; Prügl, Elisabeth; and Maria Stern, eds. Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Global Politics NY: Routledge.