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Join us for “How does what we say reveal who we are?” a keynote presentation by Dr. Leah Windsor, College of Arts & Science – Political Science and English, MizzouForward faculty candidate.  Dr. Windsor will present on her research for approximately 40-minutes with a 20-minute question and answer session to follow.


Dr. Leah Windsor is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Department of English 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. Her research broadly examines how what we say reveals who we are. Dr. Windsor received her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics degree 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. From 2014-2019, Dr. Windsor served as PI for a DoD Minerva Initiative grant that examined political communication in authoritarian regimes and opaque political groups. 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 was a 2020-2023 Non-Resident Fellow for the Krulak Center in the Marine Corps University, and currently serves on the boards of the Text-as-Data and Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative. She is a fourth-generation farmer.   

Dr. Leah C. Windsor uses computational linguistics approaches to investigate social science puzzles related to governance, power, and change in the international system, within countries and social groups, and across individuals. Her interdisciplinary approach contextualizes language patterns within other modalities, such as gestures, acoustics, and biophysical indicators, as well as across genres such as music, international relations, engineering, agriculture, medicine, and philosophy. Dr. Windsor’s collaborative approach to research and teaching prioritizes mentorship and fostering the skills development of historically under-represented scholars, including demystifying the ‘hidden curriculum’ in academia. 

You can access Dr. Windsor’s CV via OneDrive here:

​pdf icon WindsorLeah_CV_November2023.pdf (University log in required to access)

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