Photo of Susan Hautaniemi LeonardSusan Hautaniemi Leonard

Associate Research Scientist, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research;
Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center

Brief Biography

Dr. Leonard's work focuses on the relationship between human populations and their environments. Her research interests include historical epidemiology and mortality in emergent industrial cities of the Northeast United States; wealth inequality in 19th century New England; household dynamic and farming practices in grasslands settlement; and aging, migration, isolation and settlement dynamics in the US Great Plains.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Leonard, Susan Hautaniemi, Christopher Robinson, Alan C. Swedlund, and Douglas L. Anderton (2015) "The effects of wealth, occupation, and immigration on epidemic mortality from selected infectious diseases and epidemics in Holyoke township, Massachusetts, 1850−1912". Demographic Research 33:1035-1046 DOI: http:, Article

Sylvester, Kenneth Michael, Daniel G. Brown, Susan H. Leonard, Emily R. Merchant and Meghan Hutchins (2014) "Exploring agent-level calculations of risk and returns in relation to observed land-use changes in the US Great Plains, 1870-1940." Regional Environmental Change 14(1). DOI: http:

Leonard, Susan Hautaniemi, Jeffrey K. Beemer and Douglas L. Anderton, "Immigration, Wealth and the 'Mortality Plateau' in Emergent Urban-Industrial Cities of Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts." Continuity and Change, 27(3):433-459. 2012. NIHMSID 430114. DOI: http:

Alter, George C., Myron Gutmann, Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, and Emily Merchant. 2012. "Introduction: Longitudinal Analysis of Historical-Demographic Data." Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 42(4): 503-517. DOI: http:

Rudzik, Alanna E.F., Susan H. Leonard and Lynnette L. Sievert, "Determinants of Tubal Ligation in Puebla, Mexico." Women & Health 51:365-382. 2011. PMID 21707339. DOI: http:


Sylvester, Kenneth M. and Susan Hautaniemi Leonard (2015) "Revisiting wealth on the American frontier: farm growth, inequality and social persistence in Kansas, 1875-1940," in Lives in Transition, McGill-Queens University Press, eds. Kris Inwood and Peter Baskerville.

Leonard, Susan Hautaniemi, Myron P. Gutmann, Glenn D. Deane and Kenneth M. Sylvester. "Drought and the Lifecycle/Landuse Trajectory in Agricultural Households." In Demographic Responses to Economic and Environmental Crises, Proceedings of the IUSSP Seminar May 21-23, 2009, Reitaku University, Satomi Kuroso, Tommy Bengtsson and Cameron Campbell, eds. Reitaku University: Kashiwa, Japan. 2010.

Leonard, Susan Hautaniemi, Deborah L. Rotman. "To the Hogs? Or to the House? Municipal Water and Gender Relations." In Shared Spaces and Divided Places: Exploring the Material and Spatial Dimensions of Gender Relations and American Historical Landscapes, Deborah L. Rotman and Ellen R. Savulis, eds. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press. 2003.

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