Luke Glowacki
Principal Investigator
Recent CV

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

You can find a copy of my CV here and Google Scholar page here. I’m always interested in talking to motivated scholars interested in these issues, so please feel free to get in touch.

Luke Glowacki

Research Assistants

William Buckner

William Buckner is a student at UC Davis studying evolutionary anthropology. He has written for  Quillette and Nautilus and blogs at 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.

Lindsey Goes

Graduate Students

Tori Gamel

Penn State University

Joon Hwang

Penn State University

Dithapelo Medupe

Penn State University

Primary Collab​orators

Manvir Singh

Manvir Singh, Institute for

Advanced Study in Toulouse

Sergey Gavrilets, ​

University of Tennessee

Sergey Gavrilets
Sam Mehr

Sam Mehr, 

Harvard University

Rose McDermott

Rose McDermott, 

Brown University 

Alice Baniel

Alice Baniel, Stony Brook University

Hannes Rusch, ​

Philipps-University Marburg

Zach Garfield, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Richard Wrangham

Richard Wrangham, 

Harvard University