I am faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University and an Associate of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Previously, I was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. I earned my PhD in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard in 2015 followed by a postdoc there in the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and HEB. I am also co-Director of the Omo Valley Research Project, a non-profit scientific and philanthropic organization focused on education, health, and research in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia.
My scientific publications have appeared in leading journals including Science, Nature Human Behaviour, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and elsewhere. I have written popular pieces for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, among others. My research is often featured in prominent media outlets including Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and the New York Times.
As a scientist, my work seeks to integrate the social, biological, and psychological sciences to produce robust predictive explanations of complex social behavior. I am especially interested in the interaction of our psychology with cultural evolutionary and sociological process that together produce our rich cultural worlds. This is motivated by my deep desire to understand the diversity of human experiences and the range of phenomenology we're capable of. I am especially interested in how phenomenology can provide the fuel for cultural evolution and the development socio-cultural systems.
William Buckner is a student at UC Davis studying evolutionary anthropology. He has written for Quillette and Nautilus and blogs at traditionsofconflict.com. William is interested in studying factors that promote or inhibit conflict and cooperation across cultures. He spends most of his time reading ethnographies, and he can play the flute...poorly.
Lindsey Goes is a recent graduate of Penn State’s anthropology undergraduate program. Her primary experience is in archaeology and archaeological record digitization/organization. In her spare time she enjoys embroidery and considering the ethics of selling fossils in Animal Crossing.
Manvir Singh, Institute for
Advanced Study in Toulouse
University of Tennessee
Alice Baniel, Stony Brook University
Zach Garfield, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse