Currently, Claudia Leeb is assistant professor of political philosophy in the Department of Political Affairs at Roanoke College. She is also a research affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. 
Claudia received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The New School for Social Research in New York City. She also holds a doctorate in Psychology and the Philosophy of Science from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Claudia’s teaching and research interests lie in the following areas: 19th and 20th century European Political Philosophy, Feminist Political Philosophy, Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis, Democratic Theory, and The History of Political Thought. 

This academic year she expects to publish the book, The Possibilities of the Limit: Rethinking Feminist and Democratic Theory. Several major university presses have expressed interest in publishing her book-manuscript.

Claudia is widely published in her areas of research and teaching interests. Her book publications include the single-authored books Working-Class Women in Elite Academia: A Philosophical Inquiry (2004), and Die Zerstörung des Mythos von der Friedfertigen Frau [The Destruction of the Myth of the Peaceful Woman] (1998), as well as the edited anthology  Feminists Contest Politics and Philosophy (2005). 

She has also published in peer-reviewed journals in her field. Her article “Toward a Theoretical Outline of the Subject: The Centrality of Adorno and Lacan for Feminist Political Theorizing,” was featured as the lead article in the June 2008 issue of the journal Political Theory.  She also recently published articles in Theory and Event (February 2008) and Philosophy and Social Criticism (November 2007).  She has articles forthcoming in Social Philosophy Today (2009), The Review of Politics (2009) and The Good Society (2009). 

Claudia’s research has been supported by substantial grants, including the APART (Austrian Program of Advanced Research and Technology) grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the New School for Social Research Ph.D. fellowship, and the J. William Fulbright fellowship.  

She has been able to teach several courses in a variety of academic settings with a diverse student body on an undergraduate and graduate level, including the History of Political Thought, Modern and Contemporary Political Theory, Feminist Political Theory, and Theories of Justice. She will be teaching a course on Middle-Eastern Politics and Political Philosophy in the spring 2010 semester. She has taught at Dartmouth College, The University of Chicago, The University of Vienna, Princeton University, The New School, and the Cooper Union for the Arts and Sciences.  

Claudia has presented her work in peer-reviewed conferences and invited lectures, both in North America and in Europe. Her community services include organizing panels and discussing papers at national and regional American Political Science and Philosophy conferences, organizing the Women in Political Studies Interdisciplinary conferences, and on-going academic forums. 

Claudia has an active research agenda. At Roanoke College she continues to develop a new research project on the relationship between guilt and democracy. Her future research draws on European thought to address current issues, such as the negative effects of liberal capitalism. She also aims to explain the relationship between theory and practice, which remains a central yet under-theorized relation in contemporary political theory.