David Leaman

David E. Leaman, PhD

  • Dean of College of Arts & Sciences


  • PhD, Government (1996)
    Cornell University (NY)

About Me

This I believe: Great universities are built on the foundation of broad and strong liberal arts and sciences education that is both time-tested and transformative. Creative leaders see the world through critical lenses, an ability nurtured by study and experience that spans the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural and numerical sciences. As dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I am committed to making sure that Widener undergraduate students, no matter their major, benefit from excellent teaching and from opportunities for high-impact practices such as research with faculty, internships and coops, community engagement, and global learning and other intercultural immersions. I myself benefited from such life-directing experiences as a student and have fostered such experiences for many years as a joyfully interdisciplinary political science faculty member and more recently as a college administrator.

Widener University is blessed with dedicated, imaginative, and engaged faculty and staff. It is my honor to labor in this community for the good of students and for the betterment of our society and world.


  • "Human Security Emergent? Post-Authoritarian and Post-Neoliberal Discourse and Public Policy in Latin America." In Human Security, Changing States and Global Responses, edited by Sangmin Bae and Makoto Maruyama (London and New York: Routledge, 2015).
  • "Changing Faces of Populism in Latin America: Masks, Makeovers, and Enduring Features," Review essay, Latin American Research Review, Volume 39, Number 3, October 2004, 312-326.
  • "Populist Liberalism as Dominant Ideology: Competing Ideas and Democracy in Post-Authoritarian Argentina, 1989-1995," Studies in Comparative International Development, Volume 34 , Number 3, Fall 1999, 98-118.


  • Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Leadership Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2018)
  • Fulbright-Hays Summer Faculty Seminar Grant (1999)
  • Fulbright Grant for Graduate Study Abroad (1992-1993)