William Leap, Ph.D. bio

William Leap has recently moved to south Florida, where he is an affililiate professor at Florida Atlantic University.

Professor EmeritusDepartment of Anthropology

Additional Positions at AU

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology

William Leap’s career in public anthropology has included work with American Indian tribes (community organizing, language renewal, teaching retraining), engagements with language, sexuality, and HIV politics in the urban US and urban South Africa, studies of gay language and “gay men’s English” as local and global formations, and multiple projects (at AU, in DC, in the American Anthropological Association and in other public settings) designed to build alliances between dissident gendered and sexual voices. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Language and Sexuality. Since 1993, he has coordinated the annual AU Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics. He has published seven books and edited collections and numerous essays in language and sexuality studies. He is currently finishing the edits on his new book, “Language Before Stonewall.” Not in residence, 2016-2017.


PhD, Anthropology, Linguistics Concentration, Southern Methodist University
BA, Anthropology and Linguistics, Florida State University