Since 2018, Dr. Christopher Leskiw serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.  Prior to his role as Dean, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as well as the Chair of the History and Political Science Department.  Leskiw is a tenured Full Professor of Political Science and has taught at UC since 2004.

Dr. Leskiw specializes in International and Comparative Politics.  He has taught courses ranging from International Relations, American National Government, Modern Political Ideologies, and International Law.  Leskiw published articles on Interstate Rivalries; International Organizations; and Political Ideology and Cognition.  He is the co-author of Debating Federalism: From the Founding to Today. 2018. Lexington Books.  His current research agenda focuses on the nexus of Federalism, State government, and individual freedoms.

Dr. Leskiw was awarded the following: The Faculty Excellence Award (2008); The William T. Miles Community Service Award (2008); and The Faculty Teaching Award (2012).  He has been twice named as the “Honored Professor” (2007 and 2014) as selected by the UC Student Government Organization.

Leskiw is active in his local church, serving as a Deacon.  He serves on local community boards and volunteers with construction ministries.  Dr. Leskiw enjoys time with his family hiking the beautiful Cumberland Mountains and kayaking in the numerous rivers.

Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. in Political Science (2002)
Vanderbilt University, M.A. in Political Science (2001)
Niagara University, B.S. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude (1997)




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