Elisabeth Leake

Elisabeth Leake trained as a historian at Yale University and Cambridge, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2013. She then held a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Royal Holloway, London, before taking up her present position as Lecturer in International History at the University of Leeds.

Her first book, The Defiant Border: The Afghan–Pakistan Borderlands in the Era of Decolonization, was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. She is now working on a major new history of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, to be published by OUP.