Distinguished Lecturers
Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur is the SNF Agora Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. She is an expert on US political history, modern African American history, American presidential history, race, politics, and democracy, political ideologies and institutions, and modern social protest movements.. Rigueur is author of the award-winning book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics & the Pursuit of Power (2015). which examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials, and politicians from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan’s presidential ascent in 1980.

Her new book project, “Black Collar Criminals”, explores the experience of the Black men and women who worked in the Reagan Administration and in corporate America during the 1980s and beyond. 

In addition to her role at JHU, Leah is a non-residential faculty fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, and she has been a contributor to ABC News since 2020.

OAH Lectures by Leah Wright Rigueur

This lecture will examine the role of black women in politics within the context of the 2016 presidential election. Specifically, it will examine the significance and historical emergence of black women as the “backbone” of the contemporary Democratic Party. Why are black women the most consistent and loyal voting group among the base of Democratic voters, and what does this mean for issues of race and gender in the present?


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