David Leitao received his A.B. in History (Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College in 1986. After a year at the Harvard Law School and another at the post-baccalaureate program in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania, he went for graduate study in Classics to the University of Michigan, where he received an M.A. in 1990 and Ph.D. in 1993. His dissertation was entitled "The 'Measure of Youth': Body and Gender in Boys' Transition Rites in Ancient Greece." He has published numerous articles on Greek adolescence and on the history of gender and sexuality in ancient Greece. In 2012, he published a book with Cambridge University Press entitled The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature.