Leonidas joined the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in September 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Criminology. He is also affiliated with LSE's Mannheim Centre for Criminology, as well as with the Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Theory Forum, which is based in LSE's Department of Law. He was previously a Chancellor's Fellow in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Law and Society at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, following a Lectureship in Criminology at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, where he was also Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice. Born and raised in Athens, Greece, he received a B.A. in Sociology (with Senior Honours) from Deree College, The American College of Greece, and an M.Phil. in Criminological Research and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (where he was also awarded the Manuel López-Rey Graduate Prize for his performance on the M.Phil. programme, and the Nigel Walker Prize for his PhD dissertation). His postgraduate studies were funded by competitively awarded grants from St. John's College (Benefactors' Scholarship), the Economic and Social Research Council, the Cambridge European Trust, and the Cambridge Institute of Criminology (Manuel López-Rey Scholarship Fund, elected twice). He has been elected to visiting positions at the Centre for the Study of Law and Society, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and the Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. In recognition of his research, he has received the 2015 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award by the Critical Criminal Justice Section of the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the 2013 Critical Criminologist of the Year Award by the Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. In 2014, his guest-edited special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly on 'Prison Realities: Views from Around the World' won the Best Public Intellectual Special Issue Award of the American Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Modern Language Association. He is an Editor and Book Review Editor of the British Journal of Criminology, having served on the journal's Editorial Board since 2010. In addition, he currently serves on the International Associate Editorial Board of Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology, the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Criminology (having also been an Associate Editor of the journal between 2011 and 2014), and the editorial advisory boards of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order and the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the newly established book series Palgrave Series on Crime, Media, Culture. With Sappho Xenakis, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck Law School, University of London, he is the co-founder and co-director of the Ikarian Centre for Social and Political Research, which seeks to promote dialogue and co-operation between scholars working on aspects of socio-political research related to Greece.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Leonidas' main themes addressed in my research can be grouped under two broad headings: first, the political economy and social psychology of punishment; and second, the implementation and consequences of penal and cognate policies. Jurisdictionally, the focus of his work to date has been on the Mediterranean region and the Anglo-American world from both national and international comparative angles. Methodologically, his research brings together theoretical concepts and insights from a variety of disciplinary fields, especially from sociology, anthropology, psychology and history, also fusing them with findings from fieldwork he has undertaken in criminal justice settings.