I am faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and am an Associate of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. I also co-direct the Omo Valley Research Project, a non-profit scientific and philanthropic
organization focused on education, health and research in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia.
As a scientist, my work seeks to integrate the social, biological, and psychological sciences to produce robust predictive explanations of complex social behavior. As a human, I'm driven 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.
I occasionally write non-academic pieces such as these on terrorism, violence, and life in the field. My research has been covered by media outlets including Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times among others. I also serve on the editorial boards of the journals Human Nature and American Anthropologist.
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