Leon Anderson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He received a BA from Portland State University (1980) and his PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas (1987). Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked in social services and as a journalist in Alaska, where he received press club awards for his feature stories on the king crab fishing industry and tundra firefighting. For 23 years Leon was on the faculty at Ohio University where he served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He served as SSWA Department Head from 2011-2016. Leon is best known in sociology for his collaborative research on homelessness and for his expertise in qualitative research methods and the sociology of deviance. He has received multiple scholarly awards and his books have been translated into Portuguese and Polish. His most recent book, Deviance: Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries has just been published by the University of California Press.