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Leap’s Year

This year's Betty T. Bennett award winner is Bill Leap, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology.  

Leap combines an active research agenda with a dedication to the department and its students. Since becoming chair in 2002, he has published three edited books, 17 book chapters, and several refereed journal articles, and has twice won the Ruth Benedict prize for an outstanding edited collection in lesbian/gay anthropology.  

During the same time period, he has chaired eleven PhD dissertation committees and coordinated the annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference and this year's Reinstating Transgression: Emerging Political Economies of Queer Space—both international conferences held here at AU.  

The Betty T. Bennett award was established by the family of former College dean Betty Bennett to recognize a member of the college's faculty who is both a superior scholar and an exemplary leader in an administrative role. Last year, the inaugural Bennett award went to Tony Riley, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology.