Stephen Leavitt, on leave, (B.A., Swarthmore and Ph.D., University of California at San Diego) is a psychological anthropologist who has written on religious movements, family relations, sexuality, adolescence, and responses to bereavement. He and his wife Karen Brison supervise a term abroad in Fiji, where students learn the fundamentals of anthropological field work while living independently with families in different villages. Leavitt’s research in Fiji involves self definition in the age of postcolonial development.
Professor Leavitt did his doctoral field research in 1984-1986 among the Bumbita Arapesh people of the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. His primary research looked at how a contemporary religious revival movement was informed both by local colonial history and by continued emotional conflicts in family relationships.
Steve Leavitt is on extended leave from the department while serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. He may be reached at (518) 388-6116.