Leslie is a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist, holding an Honorary Fellow degree in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison. Until 2021, she was an active member of the Midwest's federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team and served as the Anthropology Team Lead following the World Trade Center attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, among others. Leslie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Registered Professional Archaeologist working as a consultant to law enforcement in Wisconsin and other jurisdictions. In 2016-17, she had the honor of directing UW-Madison's field excavations in northern France together with the University's Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project in collaboration with the Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, New York University
A global community of field researchers are collaborating on a study of an ancient monastic post-mortem meditative state known as tukdam, practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and how such a practice might offer insight into mental, spiritual, and physical well-being during the death process, both for the dying and for their support community.