Professor Elaine Leeder

Professor Elaine LeederRetired, but continues to teach in Fall semesters
  • Emerita Dean of the School of Social Sciences
  • Emerita Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., Cornell University

Contact Information

Voicemail: 707.664.2120
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2087

Areas of Expertise:

Sociology of the Family, Family Violence, Social Movements and Social Change, Social Policy

Academic Interests:

Elaine Leeder was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and has her BA in Sociology from Northeastern University in Boston. Her MSW is from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University in NY, her MPH is from University of California at Berkeley and her PhD is from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She taught Sociology for 23 years at Ithaca College and is now Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita of Sociology at Sonoma State. In addition to her dean responsibilities she teaches Introduction to Sociology and Family Violence. She also writes articles and speaks on topics related to the Holocaust. Leeder loves working with students and also writing books and traveling. For additional information, see: my website.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 345: Sociology of Families

Selected Publications:

  • Leeder, Elaine. 2012. My Life With Lifers: Lessons for A Teacher, Humanity Has No Bars.
  • Leeder, Elaine (ed.). 2007. Inside and Out: Women, Prison, and Therapy. New York: Routledge.
  • Leeder, Elaine. 2019. The Family in Global Perspective: A Gendered Journey. 2nd ed. San Diego, CA: Cognalla.
  • Leeder, Elaine. 1994. Treating Abuse in Families: A Feminist and Community Approach. New York: Springer.
  • Leeder, Elaine. 1993. The Gentle General: Rose Pesotta, Anarchist and Labor Organizer. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.