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Leonard Named Harris Professor of Anthropology

Research focused on biological anthropology and the adaptability, nutrition and growth and development of people in South America, Asia and U.S.

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February 9, 2010 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel
EVANSTON, Ill. --- William Leonard, professor of anthropology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, has been named the Abraham Harris Professor in Anthropology.

Leonard’s research has focused on biological anthropology and the adaptability, nutrition and growth and development of people in South America, Asia and the United States.

Leonard has extensive field experience and has traveled the world to conduct research. The recipient of 18 grants, Leonard has initiated projects on biological adaptations in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the Siberian region of Russia.

He has been the chair of the anthropology department since 2003 and, since 2004, the director of the Global Health Studies Program. He is affiliated with the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity. Leonard is also an adjunct curator in the anthropology department of the Field Museum in Chicago.

Leonard was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006 and has received numerous grants and fellowships. He is an editorial board member of the journals Human Biology, Economics and Human Biology and American Journal of Human Biology.

Prior to joining Northwestern in 1998, Leonard was an assistant professor at the University of Florida and an associate professor and assistant professor at the University of Guelph.