Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur

Senior Fellow AY 2020-2022
Leah Wright Rigueur
Leah Wright Rigueur is the Harry S. Truman Associate Professor of American History at Brandeis University and a Senior Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Her research expertise includes 20th Century American political and social history, modern African American history, race, politics, civil rights, contemporary social movements, political ideologies and institutions, and the American presidency.

Leah is the author of the award-winning study, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power. Her new book, Mourning in America: Black Men and Women in a White House, documents critical transformations in American politics in the 1980s through an exploration of political scandal and corruption, as told through two contrasting perspectives: that of black women public housing activists and of black officials in the Ronald Reagan-helmed White House.

Leah’s writing, research and commentary has been featured in outlets including ABC News, MSNBC, CNN, CBS News, PBS, NPR, A&E Networks, The History Channel, MTV News, Showtime, SiriusXM, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Politico, The Root, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Fortune Magazine. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University and a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College.