Leah has her PhD from the CU French Department and has a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies. She completed her M.A. in French Studies at the University of Oregon. Leah was the graduate representative to Women in French North America. Her PhD dissertation took a feminist narratological and a cultural studies approach to novels by immigrant women writers in France in the inter-war years and beyond. Authors for her project included: Irène Némirovsky, Nathalie Sarraute, Josephine Baker, and Annie Ernaux.