Lesley DeNardis, Ph.D.
Dr. Lesley DeNardis, Director of the Global Studies program, is a product of interdisciplinary studies. As an undergraduate at Connecticut College she double majored in Government and Hispanic Studies which allowed her to explore international topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. A year-long study abroad program in the University of Madrid awakened her interest global affairs and enabled her to draw connections between Iberia and Latin America in all their varied political, historical, linguistic, and literary traditions.
Continuing with her international education, Dr. DeNardis earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University where she specialized in Latin American Politics and International Affairs. As a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, Professor DeNardis spent three years in Monterrey, Mexico as a visiting professor at the University of Monterrey and the Technological Institute of Monterrey where she taught a variety of undergraduate courses in political science to Mexican students in their native Spanish. While in Mexico she conducted field research for her doctoral dissertation on the Mexican transition to democracy. Upon return to the U.S., Professor DeNardis taught at New Mexico State University located near the U.S.-Mexican border where she taught a predominantly Hispanic student population courses in political science and public administration.
Degrees and Certifications
- Bachelor's degree in Government - Connecticut College
- Bachelor's degree in Hispanic Studies - Connecticut College
- Master’s degree in International Affairs - Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
- Ph.D. in Political Science - University of Connecticut