Elisabeth Leake

Dr. Elisabeth Leake is the Lee E. Dirks Professor in Diplomatic History and Associate Professor of History at the Fletcher School, which she joined in 2022. She trained as a historian at Yale University and the University of Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in 2013. She held a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London, from 2013–16, before taking up a permanent position at the University of Leeds in 2016.

Books in order of publication:

Decolonization and the Cold War: Negotiating Independence – 2015

Afghan Crucible: The Soviet Invasion and the Making of Modern Afghanistan – 2022

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