A scientist with broad interests that encompass economics, cooperation, and health, Stephen Le is currently affiliated with the University of Ottawa (Canada) as a visiting scholar. He has recently been an invited speaker at Shopify, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the US Embassy in Ottawa, writers’ festivals in Vancouver and Ottawa, and Stockholm University and was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, National Public Radio (NPR), Maclean’s magazine, the Vancouver Sun, the National Geographic blog, CTV Canada AM, and Global News. Commenting on his book, 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today, the Globe and Mail wrote: “Le’s argument… could constitute a paradigm shift regarding how we view food.” The book is currently a finalist for the 2016 Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science writing and the 2017 Taste Canada Award for culinary narrative. Stephen was also a finalist for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Award. He earned a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (where he had the pleasure of working for Jared Diamond), a Masters degree in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor’s degree in Math at the University of Ottawa. He previously held an appointment as a postdoctoral scholar at Hokkaido University in Japan and was a visiting scholar at Umea University in Sweden. He has conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, India, China, Australia, Greece, Laos, and Thailand.
When he is not looking for insects to eat, Stephen enjoys camping and canoeing with his wife and son.
To get in touch with Stephen, please send a message to stephen [dot] le [at] ucla [dot] edu.