L. Nelson Leonard

Religious Studies
Affiliated Graduate Students

L. Nelson Leonard is a religious studies scholar, with training in political science, using their interdisciplinary methodological skills to address the role of religion in American society. Their research examines how transracial, transnational disrupts cultural norms of religious family and family making in the United States, combining ethnography with social movement theory to center the perspectives of transnational adoptees, focusing on their advocacy work. Their work also considers the ways that digital technologies offer spaces for diasporas to connect and form meaningful communities, using a mixed-method approach to explore how social media provide the spatial context that is necessary for these communities to develop their diasporic identity.