Marie des Neiges Léonard

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Research Interests
Dr. Léonard’s research interests include social movements, racial politics in Europe, and gender. Some of her research looks at anti-globalization protests and movements as challengers to the global social order. Other research looks at the politics of race in France through the lens of social movements and how the French state has repressed recent ethnic riots in Parisian suburbs. Other research examines the controversies that have been taking place in France regarding the introduction of racial categories in the Census in a country where the “color blind” status quo hides daily discrimination and racism.

Dissertation
“Resisting Globalization - ATTAC in France: Local Discourses, Global Terrain.”

Publications
Léonard, Marie des Neiges. Forthcoming.  “Obamamerica: Colorblind Racism in the Obama Era.” In The Obama Presidency at Midpoint, edited Douglas M. Brattebo, Robert P. Watson, and Tom Lansford.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. Forthcoming.  “Demography of Race and Ethnicity in France.” In International Handbook of the Demography of Race and Ethnicity, edited by Dudley Poston. Springer Press.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2014. “Census and Racial Categorization in France: Invisible Categories and Color-blind politics.” Humanity and Society 38(1).

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2013. “Census and Racial Identity in France: Invisible Categories and Color-Blind Politics.” Paper Presented at the American Sociological Association, New York City, August 2013.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2012.  “Obamania in Europe.” In The Obama Presidency. A Preliminary Assessment, edited by Robert P. Watson, Jack Covarrubias, Tom Lansford and Douglas M. Brattebo. SUNY Press: New York.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2011.  Book review of Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007. Global Horizons 4(2): 127-129.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2011. “The science of the BP Oil Spill: how scientific discourse played a dubious ambivalent role in the response to the oil spill.” Paper Presented at the Annual conference of the National Social Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2011.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2010. “The 2005 French Riots: “Racaille” or Citizens?” Paper Presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, August 2010.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2010. “Resisting Globalization or Fighting for “l’exception culturelle”? The Case of ATTAC.” Paper Presented at the Annual conference of the National Social Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2010.

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2009. “The French Riots. Follow-up on a Revolution.” Paper Presented at the Annual conference of the National Social Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009

Léonard, Marie des Neiges. 2008.  “The October-November 2005 French Riots: A New French Revolution?” In Citizenship, Identity and European Integration: Implications for an expanded Europe, edited by Michael Meimeth, John Robertson, Susanne Talmon. Frankfurt: NOMOS Press.

Courses Taught
SOC 101: Understanding Society
SOC 214/314: Family and Marriage
SOC 315/415: Gender
SOC 350: Race and Ethnicity

Service
Director of Women and Gender Studies, Gulf Coast