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Jason Leggett is an Assistant Professor at Kingsborough Community College. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honors with Distinction) focused on political participation and communication at the University of Washington in Seattle. He moved to New York City in 2008 to study public interest legal education and began working for City University of New York in 2010. In addition to his full-time teaching load at CUNY Kingsborough in Brooklyn, he has taught for the opportunity programs initiative at Barnard College – Columbia University, and the college experience through Brooklyn Public Libraries.
Jason is the Director of the CUNY Kingsborough Global and Environmental Studies Concentration and is a nationally recognized contributor and researcher for civic learning and democratic engagement.
Jason conducts most of his research in “Law and Society”. He is completing a 10 year study of legal exclusion within the American immigration and health care systems. This book project will be broken up into three articles examining courts and the law, the history of exclusionary legal language, and legal mobilization, and a legal non-fiction narrative about his journey to find an undocumented immigrant who was illegally deported by a private hospital in Florida.
Jason is also completing research with co-researchers in culturally responsive teaching, fake news and participatory democracy, civic identity and agency through dialogue, and political ecology and democratic theory.
Jason is a co-founder of two web-based magazines with a non-profit mission.
Eco-Urban provides a much needed alernative narrative to the conversation around ecological and sustainable living.
Documented Human provides information, resources, and academic scholarship support for immigrant communities in the New York City area (launching February 2019!).
Jason is also a dedicated nature lover, absurdist-impressionist oil painter, children’s cartoonist, and plays guitar and sings vocals in a garage band.