Joshua K. Leon is an associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona University. He is currently on leave to research a project in residence as a 2022-2023 Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.

He has also taught at Villanova, Temple and Drexel Universities. He has recently written for venues including The Chicago Tribune, The Progressive, Dissent, Third World Quarterly, City, Journal of Urban History, Planning Perspectives, Metropolis, Peace Review, The China Beat, Cities, Brooklyn Rail, Monthly Review, The Normal School, Asia Times, Foreign Policy in Focus, Arch Daily, Urban Omnibus, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He was author of the “World Watch” column for Next City from 2008-2011. In 2010, he covered the Shanghai World Expo for Next City magazine and Foreign Policy In Focus.

His book, The Rise of Global Health: The Evolution of Effective Collective Action, was released in 2015, with a paperback release in 2016. The book analyzes how major actors such as the World Health Organization and World Bank fostered an expanded global health regime, aggressively addressing the health related aspects of globalization. A doctorate in Political Science, he writes on global governance, development, poverty, global health, and urbanization.

His most recent completed manuscript is called World Cities in History: Power and Statecraft in City Life From Uruk To Amsterdam (under review at a university press). He is working on another manuscript called New York 1860: City on a Precipice, which is under contract with Columbia University Press.

He lives in Manhattan. Faculty website.



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