Stephen Juan

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Stephen Juan
Born Stephen Juan
Napa County, California
Fields Anthropology, Education
Institutions Sydney University
Alma mater University of California at Berkeley

Stephen Juan (born 1949) is an Australian-U.S. scientist, educator, journalist, author, and media personality.[1] He has written thirteen books, including The Odd Body and The Odd Brain.


Juan was born in Napa County, California, later attending the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Education, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education.[2] He moved to Australia in 1978 and began teaching at the University of Sydney in what is now the Faculty of Education and Social Work.[3] He taught for more than 30 years before retiring in 2009 while remaining the Ashley Montagu Fellow for the Public Understanding of Human Sciences. Besides books, Juan has been a regular columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Daily News, The Register, and The National Post.

Juan has received a number of awards for his writing, including an international medical print journalism award from the American Medical Association. In October 2012, Juan was designated as a "Public Bright" by the Brights, a U.S. based organization advocating the elevation and illumination of the naturalistic worldview. Juan is a human dignity and human rights activist and an advocate for "the prime directive of education" as the litmus test of society: That society is best which best develops every person to the fullest extent of their developmental potential.


  • Only human: Why we react, how we behave, what we feel (1990)
  • All too human (1990)
  • A Study Shows... (1991)
  • A Study Shows II... (1992)
  • The Odd Body Volumes 1-3 (1995, 2000, 2007)[4]
  • The Odd Brain (1998)[5]
  • Parenting, Child Development, and Child Health Volumes 1-2 (2000, 2001)
  • The Odd Sex (2001)
  • Can Kissing Make You Live Longer? (2010)
  • Who's Afraid of Butterflies? (2011)


  1. ^ "Happy days: Anthropologist Dr Stephen Juan". Sixty Minutes. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Marvels of our corporeal machines". Philadelphia Inquirer. October 4, 2004. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scientist and Educator Dr Stephen Juan and the RPA's Professor Steve Chadban". ABC Brisbane. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Why mini-buttocks on the chest?". Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "EXPLAINING BRAIN IS NOT MUNDANE". New York Post. Oct 31, 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 

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