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2013 PhD (Anthropology), The Ohio State University

2004 MSc (Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology), The University of Sheffield

2002 B.A. (Anthropology), University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

  • The Human Animal: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Human Osteology
  • Quantitative Theory and Technique
  • Archaeology and Prehistory
  • Research Design
  • Mortuary Archaeology
  • Paleopathology
  • Digital Archaeologies
  • Bioarchaeology of Climate Change
  • Senior Capstone

Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Mass disasters and human populations
  • Human health and disease
  • Climate change and health
  • Mortuary archaeology
  • Gender archaeology
  • Forensic anthropology



2019 Williams LL, Quave KE. Quantitative Anthropology: A Workbook. Academic Press:

Peer Reviewed Articles

2018 Green W, Caves MC, Williams LL, The Myrick Park Mounds (47Lc10), an Effigy Mound Site in Western Wisconsin. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 44(2): 207-229. DOI: 10.1080/01461109.2018.1539292

2017 Williams LL, Larsen CS. Health and the Little Ice Age North of the Alps: Relationship between Stress, Nutritional Deficiencies, and Disease. Bioarchaeology International 1 (3–4): 148-170. DOI: 10.5744/bi.2017.0012

2017 Betsinger TK, Smith MO, Thorson LJH, Williams LL. Endemic treponemal disease in late pre-Columbian prehistory: new parameters, new insights. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 15: 252-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.07.033

2012 Larsen CS, Williams LL. Internationalizing Physical Anthropology: A View of the Study of Living Human Variation from the Pages of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Current Anthropology 53 (S5): S139-S151. DOI: 10.1086/662292

2011 Smith MO, Betsinger TK, Williams LL. Differential visibility of treponemal disease in pre-Columbian stratified societies: Does rank matter? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144 (2): 185-195. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.21381

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

2009 Williams LL. “The Dam is Becoming Dangerous and May Possibly Go”: The Paleodemography and Political Economy of the Johnstown Flood. In Eric C. Jones and Arthur D. Murphy, eds. The Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters. Lanham and New York: Altamira Press. Pp. 31-57.

Reports (not peer-reviewed):

2017 Williams LL. Executive Summary: Lockwood-Card Collection of Human Skeletal Remains from Florida. Prepared for the Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College.

2016 Caves MC*, Williams LL, Green W. 2016. Archaeology around Wisconsin: Bioarcheological Analysis of Health in a Late Woodland Population from Myrick Park, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Archeologist 97: 90-91.

2010 Vercellotti G, Williams LL, Stout SD. Two possible cases of mastoidectomy from a recent Italian ossuary. Paleopathology Newsletter (Sept 2010) 151:13-18.

Leslie Lea Williams

Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Anthropology

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2605   Room 106, Godfrey Hall
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