Leslie Vinjamuri


Leslie Vinjamuri is Director of the US and the Americas Programme, and Chair of the Faculty of the Queen Elizabeth Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House.

She writes and speaks on transatlantic relations, the US role in the world, international order, conflict, and intervention.  She is a frequent panellist at conferences and comments regularly for the global media on US and the world. 

She has testified on the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect.

Leslie is also a Professor of International Relations at SOAS, University of London. She is on the editorial board of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations at Cambridge University Press and on the advisory board of LSE IDEAS where she is also a Visiting Senior Fellow.

Previously, she was Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS and prior to this, on the faculty of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. 

She has held residential fellowships at Harvard University and the LSE. She worked in the Asia Bureau of USAID and the Foreign Affairs Division at Congressional Research Service.  From 2015-2018, she was a member of the Council of Chatham House.

Leslie earned an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a PhD in political science from Columbia University.