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Women’s and Gender Studies

Elizabeth Leahy

Adjunct Instructor

Women’s and Gender Studies

Elizabeth Leahy (Liz), a Merrimack College Women and Gender Studies alumna, began teaching at Merrimack in the fall of 2008.  She has taught the introductory course, Gender and Society, and has developed three courses for upper level students: Gender and the Law and Gender, Gender and Global Health, and Immigration, Gender, and the Law. Many of Liz’s courses are cross-listed in Pre-Law Department where she volunteers as a Moot Court Judge and serves on the Pre-Law Advisory Board.

As an attorney for a health plan trade association, Liz provides her students with a real-world approach to law and public policy. She draws on her background in politics, public interest law, and policy advocacy to encourage students to use the legal system as a tool to facilitate change. Liz is currently a legislative attorney for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, a trade association that represents 17 health plans in Massachusetts that provide affordable and high quality healthcare to over 2.6 million Massachusetts residents.

Liz serves on the Legislative Task Force of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization of Women, where she helped craft An Act to Establish Pay Equity, Massachusetts’s landmark pay equity legislation passed in 2016. She is also a board member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Young Professionals Board, has been a visiting lecturer at Tufts University’s EX-College, where she taught her Sexual Orientation, Gender, and the Law course, and has worked with a variety of public interest groups including the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Community Catalyst, and the Community Dispute Settlement Center.


J.D., New England School of Law

B.A., English/Women’s Studies, Merrimack College


Courses Taught

Gender and Society

Gender and the Law

Gender and Global Health

Gender, Immigration, and the Law

Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender, and Animal Rights




Sullivan 308