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Research Interests

 Public anthropology; Language, Sexuality, Ideology and Globalization; lesbian/gay/transgender studies

Selected Publications

  • Lewin, Ellen and William L. Leap, eds. 1976 Out in The Field  Urbana: University of  Illinois Press., 2002 Out in Theory Urbana: University of Illinois Press., 2009 Out in Public New York City: Blackwells.
  • Leap, William and Tom Boellstorff, eds. 2004  Speaking in Queer Tongues: Gay Language and Globalization.Urbana: University of Illinois Press., Leap, William 1993 American Indian English. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
  • 1996  Word’s Out: Gay Men’s English. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) 
  • 2003  Language and gendered modernity. in The Handbook of Language and Gender. Janet Holmes and Miriam Meyerhoff, eds pp. 401-422. London:  Blackwells.
  • 2005  Finding the centre: Claiming gay space in Cape Town, South Africa in Performing Queer-Shaping Sexuality. 1994-2004. Mikki van Zyl and Melissa Styn, eds. Pp 235-266. Cape Town: Kwela Press.
  • 2008  "Queering gay men’s English.” in Language and Gender Research Methodologies. Kate Harrington, Lia Litosseliti,  Helen Sauntson, and Jane Sunderland, eds.  pp. 408-429. Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • 2008  “True thing that binds us”: Globalization, U.S. language pluralism and gay men’s English.” in The Impact of Globalization on the United States: Culture And Society. Michelle Bertho, eds. pp.183-209. Westport CT: Praeger Publishers.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Out in Theory (co-edited with Ellen Lewin, 2002 )  received the Ruth Benedict prize for outstanding edited collection in lesbian/gay anthropology in 2003, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association , 2004 .  It was chosen as one of Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2003

Word's Out (Leap, 1996)   received the Ruth Benedict prize for the outstanding lesbian/gay monograph of 1996, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association , 1996.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Lesbian, gay, and transgender issues; gay language; language, sexuality and public media; pornography; gay media; same-sex marriage; homophobia; AIDS

Additional Information: William (Bill) Leap
is coeditor of the Journal of Language and Sexuality. His recent publications include special issues of the journals Gender and Language (fall 2011) and Journal of Homosexuality (summer 2011) and the collection Out in Public: Lesbian and Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World,coedited with Ellen Lewin (2009).

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