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Leonard Lieberman (October 25, 1925 – February 6, 2007) was an American anthropology professor at the Central Michigan University for forty years.[1]


Leonard Lieberman
BornOctober 25, 1925 (1925-10-25)
DiedFebruary 6, 2007 (2007-02-07) (aged 81)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley


Early life and educationEdit

Lieberman was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. - 1956; M.A. - 1959) and at Michigan State University (PhD., 1970). He published The Debate over Race (Phylon 39:127–41); with Alice Littlefield and Larry T. Reynolds, Redefining Race: The Potential Demise of a Concept in Physical Anthropology (current anthropology 23:641–55): and, with Larry T. Reynolds, Race: The Deconstruction of a Scientific Concept, in Race and Other Misadventures: Essays in Honor of Ashley Montagu in His Ninetieth Year.[N 1]


Lieberman's research focused on human races, the debate over creationism and evolution and intelligent design.[2] Influential contributor to the theory of anthropology teaching when he saw himself as a follower of Montagu’s pioneering ideas about race. He presented 60 papers at scholarly conferences, the last one at the 105th American Anthropological Association (AAA).[3]

Lieberman was a prominent critic of the racial theories of J. Philippe Rushton. One such example is a journal article where Lieberman traced the origins of Rushton's theories showing that Rushton used secondary sources to obtain the size of skulls upon which he based his research about the cranial volume differences of racial groups.[4]


  • Race and other misadventures (1996)[5]


  1. ^ Dix Hills, N.J. General Hall, 1996.


  1. ^ "Lieberman a mentor to many". 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2009-05-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Meetings in San Jose" (PDF). November 2006.
  4. ^ Current Anthropology (February 2001). "How 'Caucasoids' Got Such Big Crania and Why They Shrank: From Morton to Rushton" (PDF). Vol. 42, No. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 2, 2012.
  5. ^ Race and other misadventures: essays in honor of Ashley Montagu in his ninetieth year. Rowman & Littlefield. 1996. Retrieved April 9, 2013.