As OFD's Director of Faculty Development, Dr. Leyla Keough-Hameed supports, celebrates, and advocates for our faculty community at UMass Amherst. She provides leadership in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of faculty development programs, including new faculty onboarding and orientation, faculty mentoring, and workshops to enhance the success of all faculty. She also collaborates in strategic planning to facilitate faculty professional growth and supports faculty fellows.
Keough-Hameed brings to this role a deep understanding of diversity and extensive experience with evidence-based programming for equity and inclusion in higher education, particularly in research contexts. She is an American-born Turkish woman of mixed descent (Turkish and Irish-American) and a cultural anthropologist whose work examines women, labor, and the global economy. Her ethnography, Worker-Mothers at the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migrations between Moldova and Istanbul (Indiana University and Woodrow Wilson Press, 2015) explores the world of undocumented migrant women in Turkey.
She holds a BA in International Relations (George Washington University, 1994), MA in Social Science (University of Chicago, 1997), and PhD in Anthropology (University of Massachusetts – Amherst 2008). She has taught most recently at UMass Amherst and Hampshire College.