Major: International Relations and Diplomatic History
Language: English (fluent), French (intermediate)
Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel)
Leo Gearin is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Relations and Diplomatic History and pursuing a certificate in French Language. Leo concentrates his studies in war and conflict, finding particular interest in the multi-directionality of civilian violence and the efficacy of resulting peace initiatives. Leo is also dedicated to conflict risk analysis, having completed coursework evaluating historical patterns leading to conflict. In pursuit of these interests, Leo interned at the University of Pennsylvania Cultural Heritage Center during the summer of 2019. As a research intern for the Conflict Culture Research Network, Leo systematically documented the destruction of heritage sites during conflict to analyze heritage destruction as a tool of war, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. He focused his research on the Bosnian War (1992-1995) and examined the relationship between heritage destruction, expulsion, and post-war refugee return. Leo hopes to advance his involvement in conflict risk analysis and policy in the future. At Penn, Leo works as a peer tutor at the Marks Family Writing Center and serves an executive editor for the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal. He is also a research intern for the California Indian Terminated Tribes Project.