Elisabeth Leake

Elisabeth Leake


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cambridge, Univ Of Cambridge, GBR, 2013
  • Master of Philosphy, Univ Of Cambridge, Univ Of Cambridge, GBR, 2010
  • Master of Arts, Yale University, Yale University, CT, USA, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, Yale University, CT, USA, 2009

Courses taught this fall

  • Global Decolonization, 6 Sep 2022 - 13 Dec 2022, Tufts University


Dr. Elisabeth Leake comes to Fletcher from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, where she was an associate professor of international history from 2016-2022.

With an extensive background in the history and politics of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Dr. Leake brings to Fletcher expertise in South and Southwest Asia, global decolonization, and her teaching emphasizes the role of non-state actors in diplomacy and international relations.

Dr. Leake has been widely published and is the author of two monographs; The Defiant Border: The Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands in the Era of Decolonization, 1936-65, and Afghan Crucible: The Soviet Invasion and the Making of Modern Afghanistan. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary History, the Journal of Asian Studies, International History Review, and Historical Journal.

A Colorado native, she trained as a historian at Yale University and the University of Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in 2013.

Read more about Dr. Leake's background and appointment to Fletcher here.