Leslie E. Sponsel


Professor of Anthropology
Director, Ecological Anthropology Program


Department of Anthropology
University of Hawai'i
2424 Maile Way - 317 Saunders Hall
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822-2223 USA

PHONE (808) 956-8507
FAX (808) 956-4893
EMAIL sponsel@hawaii.edu

WEB SITES http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/sponsel/


1965 Indiana University, B.A. in geology
1973 Cornell University, M.A. in anthropology
1981 Cornell University, Ph.D. in anthropology

Also summer courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Oklahoma, and New York University.


Ecology (cultural, historical, political, spiritual)
Religion (comparative, Buddhism, spiritual ecology, Buddhist ecology, sacred places in nature)
Peace (war studies, peace studies, advocacy anthropology, human rights, Yanomami studies, professional ethics)
Mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand) and Amazon (Venezuela)


Ecological relationships among Buddhist monks, sacred caves, bats, forests, and biodiversity conservation in Thailand (summers 2005- )


Ecocide or Ecosanity?: Toward an Ecological Anthropology of Diversity
Natural Wisdom: Meditations on Buddhist Ecology
Spiritual Ecology and Sacred Places in Thailand


1967-68 Indiana University
1968-70 University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Canada)
1971 Mount Royal College (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
1976 Cornell University
1977 Indiana-Purdue University (Indianapolis)
1977-78 Venezuelan Institute for Scientific
1978-79 Cornell University
1978-79 University of Massachusetts(Amherst)
1979,81 Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations
1981-86 Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i (Honolulu)
1986-96 Associate Professor, University of Hawai'i (Honolulu)
1994-95 Prince of Songkhla University (Pattani, Thailand) (Fulbright)
1996- Professor, University of Hawai'i (Honolulu)


200 Cultural Anthropology
340 Primate Behavior and Ecology
345 Aggression, War and Peace
410 Ethics in Anthropology
415 Ecological Anthropology
422 Anthropology of Religion
423 Social and Cultural Change
435 Human Adaptation to Forests
444 Spiritual Ecology
445 Sacred Places
481 Applied Anthropology
482 Environmental Anthropology
620H Human Ecology


Department of Anthropology, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Biology Program, Resource Management Certificate, and Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Fulbright, L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, UNESCO-MAB, UN University in Tokyo, Wenner-Gren Foundation, World Conservation Union (IUCN), etc.


Asian Development Network, Cultural Survival, East-West Center, National Geographic Society, NOVA, Peaceful Societies web site, Prince of Songkhla University, Public Anthropology, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Society for Applied Anthropology, Social Ecology Institute at University of Klagenfurt in Vienna, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations, etc.


Many dozens of book manuscripts, journal articles, proposals from granting agencies, and faculty promotion and tenure applications at other universities.


American Anthropological Association Committee for Human Rights (Chair), Asia Task Force for the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (an Associate Editor), Forum on Religion and Ecology at Harvard University, Hawai`i, Association of International Buddhists, UNESCO-MAB, etc.


American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
Association of Current Anthropology
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Cultural Survival Scholars Network
Hawaiian Association of International Buddhists
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
International Network of Engaged Buddhists
Siam Society
Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA)


Organized and chaired a session at the annual convention of the American Anthropological Association every year since 1987 except for the year 1998. Invited participant in international conferences in Canberra, Canterbury, Caracas, Florence, Leiden, London, Paris, Pattani, San Jose, Tokyo, Toronto, etc.


More than two dozen journal articles, three dozen book chapters, 29 articles in seven different scientific encyclopaedias, 16 book reviews, two edited books, and two co-edited books. One journal article, three book chapters, and one co-edited book have been reprinted.

For more details, please see Curriculum Vitae.