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Joshua K. Leon, Ph.D.

Joshua K. Leon is an associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College (Ph.D. Temple University, 2010). He has also taught at Villanova, Temple and Drexel Universities. 

He has written for venues including Third World Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Cities, Peace Review, Dissent, Metropolis, China Beat, Brooklyn Rail, Monthly Review, Asia Times, Epoch Times, Arch Daily, Urban Omnibus, and Foreign Policy in Focus. He is a frequent contributor to DissentForeign Policy In Focus and Metropolis, and 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 this March. 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. His research and writing is on global governance, development, poverty, global health and urbanization. He lives in Manhattan.

Research and Publications

  • The Rise of Global Health: The Evolution of Effective Collective Action (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015).
  • “The Role of Global Cities in Land Grabs,” Third World Quarterly 36(2) March 2015.
  • “Why is the World Bank Financing Forced Evictions?” Peace Review 26 (2) June 2014.
  • “Confronting Catastrophe: Norms, Efficiency and the Evolution of the AIDS Battle in the UN.” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 24 (3) September 2011.
  • “Perspectives on Chinese Urbanization.” Cities 28 (3) June 2011.
Other articles (selected): 
  • “Beyond the ‘World of 70′: Inequality and the 2030 Development Goals,” Dissent (December 17, 2013).
  • “Destroying the City to Save It: New York in the Shadow of Le Corbusier,” Dissent (September 12, 2013).
  • “Make Way for High Rises: Who Benefits From Slum Demolitions in Mumbai?” Dissent (March 13, 2013).
  • “Shanghai’s Expo Vision,” Foreign Policy in Focus (July 16, 2010).


  • Introduction to American Government
  • Introduction to Global Politics
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • The Public Policy Process
  • The Politics of Global Health
  • The Politics of Global Development
  • Global Cities and the Environment
  • Contemporary Global Politics