He grew up in London and graduated from the London School of Economics after serving in the British army in the late stages of World War II. He came to the United States for graduate study at UCLA, then pursued a joint career at UCLA as Professor of Political Science, specializing in American and British politics, and as Dean of UCLA Extension. Since his retirement he has taught a seminar on political satire in UCLA’s undergraduate Honors Collegium.
His political satire presentations for university and community audiences extend an avocation begun in a common setting for political satire in Britain – the university musical review.
Len’s publications include: The Offensive Art: Political Satire and its Censorship Around the World From Beerbohm to Borat (2009); Power and Policy in America, 7th edition (2000); Politics and Policy in Britain (1997), Quality in Continuing Education: Principles, Practices and Standards for Colleges and Universities (1987); Public Housing: The Politics of Poverty (1969).
He also wrote and narrated the public radio series, Power in America; participated in a number of educational TV projects; and lectured and consulted extensively in America and abroad.