Director of the Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley
Leonardo Arriola is the child of immigrants from Mexico
Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Political Science at Stanford University
LEONARDO ARRIOLA is the associate dean of the social sciences division at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an assistant professor of political science the school.
Leonardo was born in Los Angeles to parents of Mexican descent.
Leonardo received his BA magna cum laude in international relations and history from Claremont McKenna College, where he was editor-in-chief of Claremont College's student newspaper and won the Most Outstanding Student Award from the Chicano/Latino Studies Center. He received a master's degree at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and was awarded a fellowship from the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help to serve as a researcher with the United Nations in Senegal. Leonardo also holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
After serving as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, Leonardo began a doctoral program in political science at Stanford University in 2001. Leonardo conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Cameroon to study patterns of political party development with a special focus on opposition-coalition formation.