P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Leonardo Arriola, 2001

Associate Professor of Political Science, 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.


  • PhD Political Science | Stanford University 2008
  • MPA International Relations | Princeton University 1999
  • BA History & International Relations | Claremont McKenna College 1996
Work History
  • UC Berkeley, Associate Professor of Political Science | July 2013 - PRESENT
  • Social Sciences Division at UC Berkeley, Associate Dean | July 2019 - PRESENT
  • UC Berkeley, Director of the Center for African Studies | July 2016 - PRESENT
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