Leah Hanes, Ph.D. is a 2015 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dr. Hanes with Dissertation Committee at her Dissertation Defense, Seattle, January 2015

Left to Right: Dr. Elaine Gale, Dr. Leah Hanes, Dr. Carolyn Kenny [Chair], Dr. Laurien Alexandre

Dissertation Committee:

  • Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Chair
  • Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Elaine Gale, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Timothy Mosseau, Ph.D., External Reader


ethics, gender, whistle-blowing, sustainability, nuclear power, Helen Caldicott, biography, nuclear arms, whistleblowing, whistleblowers, whistle-blowers, activism, anti-nuclear movement, leadership, social change, environmental justice

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This dissertation is a biographical study of the life of Dr. Helen Caldicott that details her life and work over the years from 1997 to 2014. The history of her significant role in the end of the Cold War and her influence in public opinion regarding nuclear power and nuclear arms has been well-documented through many books, films, and articles as well as her own autobiography up to this twenty-year-period. My study will help to fill the gap in her most recent life. In particular, I will explore the impact of her activism on society and her personal life in this period. Research methods include interviews with Dr. Caldicott, interviews with her collaborators, archival material, and deep reflection of the researcher. I am interested in what Dr. Caldicott understands now, about her work and her life, that may not have been apparent to her twenty years ago when she wrote her autobiographyA Desperate Passion (1997) and was in the middle of her effort to educate a population about pending nuclear disaster. The electronic version of this Dissertation is at AURA, and OhioLink ETD Center,


Dr. Leah Hanes

Leah Hanes, Ph.D., teaches Ethics at Antioch University Los Angeles and Ryokan College, also in Los Angeles. She is Executive Director at, an environmental and educationally focused non-profit, providing professional development and hands-on learning opportunities mostly in undeserved communities