Christopher Boehm is Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology and Director of the Goodall Research Center at University of Southern California.
As a cultural anthropologist who has turned to evolutionary studies, he has published books on feuding systems, the evolution of political egalitarianism, and moral origins. He has done field work with Navajos, Serbs in Montenegro, and wild chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania. He has been awarded the Stirling Prize in Psychological Anthropology and fellowships from the National Endowment for Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. His publications appear in journals like American Anthropologist, American Naturalist, Behaviour, Current Anthropology, Human Nature, Nature, and Science. He is developing a worldwide database on hunter-gatherer societies that will aid evolutionary scholars and archaeologists in using contemporary foragers as analogical models for behaviorally-modern humans in the Late Pleistocene, and he is currently writing a book on the natural history of human equality.
Contributions to HumansandNature.org:
- Prehistoric Capital Punishment and Parallel Evolutionary Effects
From Minding Nature’s May 2017, Volume 10, Number 2 issue.
Was Moral Evolution Purposeful?
A response to “What can evolution tell us about morality?”
- Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame
A book by Christopher Boehm.