Liam Leonard, Ph.D.
Dr. Leonard is the former President of the Sociology Association of Ireland. He was the senior academic and taught modules on Human Rights, Sociology, Criminology, Professional Development and Equality & Diversity on the Irish National Prison Officer Training Programme. The author/editor of over 15 books and numerous journal articles, he is Senior Editor of the Ecopolitics Books Series, the Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice Book Series (both with Emerald UK) and Founding Editor of CRIMSOC Journal of Social Criminology. Dr. Leonard has edited the 2011 Irish issue of the Prison Journal, as well as special issues of Environmental Politics and the Irish Journal of Sociology and the Criminology issue of the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies. Dr. Leonard was awarded the Sage Publishing Research Excellence Award in New York as well as the Irish NAIRTL Research & Teaching Award in 2012, and has ten years of experience as an academic and lecturer in the National University of Ireland and the Institute of Technology sector. Now resident in Orange County, California he is a research fellow with WVU’s Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict Resolution.