Leena Maqsood

Visiting Instructor of Anthropology







Leena Maqsood is a human development expert and has served in the areas of food security and poverty reduction; rule of law and strengthening public grievance redress mechanisms; pro-poor governance; and women empowerment. At Wheaton College, she is teaching a course on Violence Against Women in Fall 2021.

She has contributed extensively for the emancipation of girls and women and advocated for their rights and needs into mainstream Pakistani media. Twice she has been an awardee of the USAID Safe Motherhood Award (2009 and 2007) for producing an advocacy documentary, aired on Pakistan Television, to sensitize public on playing their role in improving maternal and neonatal health indicators in Pakistan. Her radio documentary Education with Gender Bias was broadcast during the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) 12th Annual Audio-Visual Exchange Program, Thimphu, Bhutan, March 2004.


Ph.D. Global Governance & Human Security | University of Massachusetts Boston, USA | Aug 2018–Present
MA Conflict Resolution | University of Massachusetts Boston, USA | Aug 2018–May 2021
MA Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media | Michigan State University, USA | Aug 2012–Dec 2014
MPhil International Development Studies | Iqra University, Pakistan | Feb 2010–May 2012