Leslie MacColman

Peace Studies & Sociology

Leslie MacColman (peace studies and sociology) is a PhD candidate and a graduate affiliate of the the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She holds a Notre Dame Presidential Fellowship and was awarded the Mullen Family Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Leslie's research deals with state-building, local governance, institutional change, and violence in Latin America. Her Master's thesis examined the association between civic participation and fear of crime in low-income, gang-affected neighborhoods in Honduras. She spent several months in Honduras, doing independent research and providing technical assistance to a state-led violence-prevention project as a USAID-Notre Dame Global Development Fellow.

Leslie's dissertation research examines the effects of organizational reform on police practices in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with an eye for precinct-level variation. Her mixed-methods study draws inspiration from literature on culture, organizational change, and neighborhood effects, classic sociological studies of police, and insights about the topology of organized crime in contemporary Latin American cities. Leslie is currently carrying out fieldwork on a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship.

Prior to joining the Notre Dame community, Leslie worked for various rights-based NGO's and as an international development consultant, accruing professional experience in Argentina, Panama, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone. She earned a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Montana - Missoula, an MA in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies from the Universidad del Salvador, where she was a Rotary Peace Fellow, and a graduate certificate in NGO management from the Universidad de San Andrés.