Joshua K. Leon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Chair, Political Science Department
- 45 Beechmont Drive, Political Science House, Room 203
- Ph.D., Political Science, Temple University, 2010
- M.A., International Affairs, California State University, Sacramento, 2004
Joshua K. Leon teaches international relations and comparative courses in Political Science, and teaches on the politics and culture of New York City in Iona's freshman seminar program. He was awarded the 2022-23 Robert David Lion Gardiner Fellow at New-York Historical Society to research his next book, New York 1860. He has taught at Villanova, Temple and Drexel Universities.
His latest book is called World Cities in History: Urban Networks From Ancient Mesopotamia to the Dutch Empire,coming soon from Cambridge University Press. The book offers vivid detail on world cities throughout history, showing how urban networks shaped city life over 5,000 years of urbanization.
He is currently working on another manuscript called New York 1860: City on a Precipice,which is under contract with Columbia University Press.
- Joshua K. Leon. World Cities in History: Urban Networks From Ancient Mesopotamia to the Dutch Empire(Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).
- Joshua K. Leon. The Rise of Global Health: The Evolution of Effective Collective Action(Albany: SUNY Press, 2016).
Manuscripts in Progress:
- New York 1860: City on a Precipice. Received fellowship and grant at the New-York Historical Society for 2022-23. Under contract with Columbia University Press.
- “Global Cities in Analog: Modernism in Intercity Relations, 1900-1940, Journal of Urban History (first published August 11, 2021).
- “The Global Governance of Housing: 1945-2016,” Planning Perspectives. August 2020.
- “Global Cities at any Cost: Resisting Municipal Mercantilism,” City 21 (1) March 2017.
- “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.
Selected popular writing:
- “Telecommuting and the Post-Pandemic City,” The Progressive (May 27, 2021).
- “Nations Fight Extreme Patenting to Ensure Access to COVID-19 Relief,” The Progressive (May 19, 2020).
- “The Pandemic and Poor Countries,” The Progressive (March 30, 2020), syndicated for Tribune News Service and MSN News.
- “House of Cards: Ben Carson Builds of HUD’s Long Shaky Foundation,” The Progressive (June/July, 2018). Cover feature.
- “Sanctuary Cities in an Age of Resistance,” The Progressive (March, 2017). Cover feature.
- “Beyond the ‘World of 70′: Inequality and the 2030 Development Goals,” Dissent (December 17, 2013).
- “Make Way for High Rises: Who Benefits From Slum Demolitions in Mumbai?” Dissent (March 13, 2013).
Joshua K. Leon is an associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona University. He was awarded the 2022-23 Robert David Lion Gardiner Fellow at New-York Historical Society to research his next book, New York 1860. He has taught at Villanova, Temple and Drexel Universities.
His latest book is called World Cities in History: Urban Networks From Ancient Mesopotamia to the Dutch Empire,coming soon from Cambridge University Press.
World Cities in Historyexplores 6,000 years of urban networks and the politics that drove them, from Uruk in the fourth millennium BCE to Amsterdam’s slave trading “golden age.” These extraordinary places found novel ways to exert power over far flung hinterlands. They imposed harsh systems of control over the flow of people. They constructed class structures that were as rigid as their grand architecture. Yet radical ideas accelerated between cities along with trade—whether by sea or on foot. In times where population was power, cities built walls to hold people inside. They thrived on labor extracted from their spheres of influence. For the underclasses who built and fed cities, resistance often meant desertion. In vivid detail, World Cities in History asks what it meant for ordinary denizens to live in places shaped by global forces—places as varied as Ancient Athens and dynastic China. The question is a prescient one as the twenty-first century urban age progresses.
He is currently working on another manuscript called New York 1860: City on a Precipice,which is under contract with Columbia University Press. He recently spoke on it for the New-York Historical Society.
His last 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 urban history, international relations, and development. 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 lives in Manhattan.
Learn more at joshualeon.com.
- Senior Seminar: Land, Power, and Politics
- The Politics of Global Health
- The Politics of Global Development
- Global Cities and the Environment
- Freshman Seminar: Politics of New York City
- Introduction to American Government
- Introduction to Global Politics
- Political Science Capstone
- Political Science Research Methods
- The Public Policy Process
- International Politics in Film
- Contemporary Global Politics