Leah Wright Rigueur is a professor of history at Brandeis University. Previously, she was a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an expert on race and politics, modern African American history, U.S. political and social history, and riots, backlash and campus unrest. Rigueur has explored the dynamics of black Republican activists, officials and politicians as it relates to civil rights and conservatism in her book The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power. She is currently working on a book about political scandal in American politics in the 1980s through the perspective of Black officials and activists.
She has been featured on various news outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, on the topic of Donald Trump, Black voting patterns and Black conservative viewpoints.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Areas of expertise: Race and Politics, Modern African American History, U.S. Political and Social History, and Riots, Backlash and Campus Unrest, Black conservatives, Black Republicans
Location: Cambridge, MA
Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered: At Critical Juncture, GOP Honors Largest Class Of Black Lawmakers
Added March 2016. Last updated February 2021.