William L. Leap|
(November 28, 1946 - living) U.S.A.
Professor of anthropology and women's studies at American University. 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.
He is the author of Word's Out: Gay Men's English (1996); he has organized a series of Lavender Language Conferences to make queer studies more accessible to the public.
Leap is coeditor with Ellen Lewin of Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists and Out in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology.
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".