Leslea J. Hlusko earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1992. After four years exploring the non-academic life in Washington, D.C., she went to Penn State University, where she earned an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000). Leslea was an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2000-2004, and then moved to the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley, receiving tenure in 2008. She has co-directed field projects in Kenya and Tanzania, and is part of the analytical team for two field projects in Ethiopia. Her lab research investigates how genes influence skeletal variation with the aim of improving how we assess the morphological change seen in the fossil record.