Dr. Leonard received her PhD from the Department of Mathematics at Brown University under the supervision of David Mumford. Her destiny would have shocked her junior-year self, an English major arguing passionately against her math requirement. Fortunately for her, the University of New Mexico forced her into the calculus class that began her love of math and led to a double major in math and English.
Dr. Leonard has held positions at Pomona College, California Institute of Technology, CSU Channel Islands (where she helped build a university), and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. She still gets no respect from her cats.