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Elaine Leeder is a Professor of Sociology and the Dean Emerita of the School of Social Sciences at Sonoma State
University in California. Previously she was a Professor at Ithaca College, Ithaca NY. She has 32 years of
distinguished accomplishments and experience in academia and public service. Leeder is listed in Who’s
Who of America Women, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Teachers. Her awards
include a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, Visiting Scholar status at the United States
Holocaust Museum, outstanding teaching awards, research and travel grants and numerous awards
from student and community agencies. Leeder has an MSW from Yeshiva University, an MPH from
University of California at Berkeley and a PhD from Cornell University, has published five books and
numerous articles. Her book The Family in Global Perspective: A Gendered Journey is based on her SAS
voyages in 1992 and 1999. Her most recent book My Life with Lifers: Lessons for a Teacher, Humanity
Has No Bars describes her work at San Quentin State Prison. Her exemplary career encompasses roles as
professor/teacher, psychotherapist, consultant, author and advocate for social justice.