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Department of Political Science

Skye Leedahl

Assistant Professor


 Skye Leedahl joined URI in the Fall of 2013. She is a faculty member with a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Human Development & Family Studies. As part of the Faculty Fellows in Aging and Health at URI, her current research interests include: health & long term care policies and services, social integration for older adults living in nursing homes, and social & civic engagement for those with health and functional limitations.


Professor Leedahl received her PhD and master’s degree from the University of Kansas, and an undergraduate degree through the Honors Program at the University of North Dakota. She has worked in nursing homes, for a U.S. Senator, at a community agency action agency, and as a research project coordinator at the KU Office of Aging and Long Term Care. Her work has been published in journals such as The Gerontologist and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She was the recipient of the prestigious John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Social Work, and she has received various awards from the Gerontological Society of America and the University of Kansas.


Professor Leedahl’s teaching interests include gerontology, research methods, social policy analysis & advocacy, program evaluation, and aging & health policy.


Curriculum Vitae



Skye Leedahl

Departments of Human Development & Family Studies/Political Science

University of Rhode Island

2 Lower College Road, Transition Center, Room 201

Kingston, RI 02881-0817


Phone: (401) 874-4567



political science faculty

Timothy Hennessey, Ph.D.
Marc Hutchison, Ph.D. (MA Director)
Kristin Johnson, Ph.D. (MA Director)

Katrin Jomaa, Ph.D
Alfred Killilea, Ph.D.
Brian Krueger, Ph.D. (Chair)

Skye Leedahl, Ph.D.

Aaron Ley, Ph.D.

Maureen Moakley, Ph.D.
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Ph.D.
Nicolai Petro, Ph.D.
Lawrence Rothstein, Ph.D.

Robert Weygand, MA, MPA (MPA Director)

Ping Xu, Ph.D.