Dr Stephen Leonard

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Anthropology

Stephen Pax Leonard read General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at Exeter College in 2004 and returned to Exeter as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Anthropology in 2014. Previously, he had been a Research Fellow at Trinity, Hall, Cambridge and a British Academy grantee.

Having studied modern languages at Durham and the Sorbonne and after a career in merchant banking, Leonard continued his training as a linguist at Oxford. His D.Phil, Language, Society and Identity in early Iceland, was published as a monograph by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012. Subsequently, he has completed both linguistic and anthropological fieldwork in north-west Greenland and the Faroe Islands. His research has been widely covered in the Press and on television and radio, and is the subject two other books, The Polar North: Ways of Speaking, Ways of Belonging (2014) and Some Ethnolinguistic Notes on Polar Eskimo (2015), a monograph published by Peter Lang.

He is interested in a variety of questions relating to linguistic and existential anthropology. He is currently writing a book on ideologies of power, and the politics of folly with particular reference to Sweden. Leonard has taught courses on sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology at Oxford, Cambridge, SOAS and in the Faroe Islands.

Leonard is a published poet. His first book of poetry, Arctic Journal, was published in 2014.