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Tammy Leonard, Ph.D.

Biography for Dr. Tammy Leonard

As interim-provost, Dr. Tammy Leonard oversees the University of Dallas’s 3 academic colleges, the university library, and student affairs.  She received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in 2001, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  In addition to her academic career, Leonard has served as a volunteer teacher with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), worked as an engineer in the petrochemical industry managing large-scale projects spanning complex technical statistical analysis and large-scale engineering design and implementation, and as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.


Leonard, who holds the rank of professor of economics, has over 40 peer-reviewed publications related to interdisciplinary applications of public, urban and behavioral economics. Much of her work focuses on outcomes relevant to low-income populations including food security, program participation, health, and economic inequity. She is founder and co-director of the Community Assistant Research (CARE) initiative, a community-academic partnership focused on economic and community development.  Leonard is also Co-Editor of Review of Regional Studies and has secured over $2.9 million in research funding, over $1 million of which has been directed towards improving programs to serve low-income families in Dallas in collaboration with local nonprofit service providers.  Dr. Leonard and her husband Matt are parishioners at St. Anthony’s parish in Wylie, TX.  They share a deep commitment to their family and striving to honor God’s call to love unconditionally.