Don Leonard is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research has explored the impact of foreign military interventions, international economic crises, and natural mineral resources on the economic and social development of low-income countries. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Cochabamba, Bolivia from 2004-2006. Don is a graduate of UMass Lowell, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (2002) and a Master of Arts in Regional Economic and Social Development (2004). During his time at UML he was an active member of the Model UN team and the International Relations Club, serving as club president from 2001-2002.