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Dr. Lisa Leitz

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Peace Studies
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology, Peace Studies
Expertise: Peace/War; Activism/Protest; Military/Veterans; Social Movements; Feminist/Women's movements
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 252
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1-3 and by appointment
Phone: 714-516-4579
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Albion College, Bachelor of Arts
The Ohio State University, Master of Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D.


Lisa Leitz is an Assistant Professor of Peace Studies at Chapman University and affiliated with the Sociology Department.  Her research focuses on the role of identity and culture in attempts to make social change and address injustice. Her book,Fighting for Peace:Veterans and Military Families in the Anti-Iraq War Movement, was published in the University of Minnesota Press’s Social Movements, Protest and Contention Series.  Her Social Problems article related to this research, “Oppositional Identities: The Military Peace Movement’s Challenge to Pro-Iraq War Frames” won the American Sociological Association's Peace, War and Social Conflict Outstanding Article Award. Dr. Leitz has also published about emotions in activism around infanticide, feminist organizing in the Middle East, gendered components of the American military, and physical fighting among middle school girls. Her new research examines United States veterans’ reintegration and experiences with utilizing educational, medical, and other benefits.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Leitz, Lisa. 2016. “The Health of Veterans.” Pp. 363-395 in The Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans, Volume II. Eds. Louis Hicks, Eugenia L. Weiss, Jose E. Coll. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.