Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme; Member of Council
Leslie Vinjamuri

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Leslie Vinjamuri is an associate fellow with the US and the Americas Programme, serves on the council of Chatham House, and is an adjunct faculty member with the institute's Academy for Leadership in International Affairs. 

She is director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice and associate professor of International Relations at SOAS, University of London. 

She writes and speaks on transatlantic relations, the US role in the world, and international responses to violent conflict, mass atrocities, humanitarian crises and political transitions.

Previously, Leslie was on the faculty of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and held residential fellowships at Harvard University and the LSE. She worked in the Asia Bureau of USAID and the Foreign Affairs Division at Congressional Research Service.

Leslie is on the editorial board of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations at Cambridge University Press, on the board of directors of the Institute for Integrated Transitions, and on the advisory board of LSE IDEAS.

She earned an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a PhD in political science from Columbia University.

Areas of expertise

  • Transatlantic relations
  • US & European responses to violent conflict, mass atrocities, humanitarian crises and political transition
  • US and the World, especially national security policy
  • International Order

Past experience

2016-Director, Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS, University of London
2011-2016Co-Director, Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS, University of London
2007 -Senior Lecturer in International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
2002-06Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
2000-01Visiting Fellow, Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics
1999-2000Fellow, John M. Olin Institute, Harvard University
1992-94Research Associate, United States Agency for International Development
1992Foreign Affairs Associate, Congressional Research Service