Leah received her BA in sociology with a double major in criminal justice from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is now in the second year of her graduate studies at West Virginia University, focusing on completing her master's thesis, a women's gender studies certificate, and a university teaching certificate. Her master’s thesis focuses on how identity threatening events affect and shape the experiences of intercollegiate redshirt student-athletes.
Her broad research interest focuses primarily on social psychology, focusing on the identity formation of student-athletes at the intercollegiate and professional levels. She also studies sociology of sport, social inequality (race/class/gender), feminist and gender theory, LGBTQ+ equality, and critical race theory.