Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Joe Henrich
Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
 
 
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Post-Docs

Anke BeckerDr. Anke Becker
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
My research interests lie at the intersection of economics, psychology and anthropology. In particular, I am interested in whether and how culture shapes our preferences and beliefs. (website

 

SchulzDr. Jonathan Schulz
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
My research focuses on the co-evolution of culture and formal institutions. I am particularly interested in the role of kin-network structures on moral behavior and the formation of nation states with well-functioning institutions. My research combines insights from anthropology, economics and psychology making use of econometric methods and tools from experimental economics. (website).     

 

HelenDr. Helen Elizabeth Davis
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I use the theoretical perspectives of evolutionary psychology and behavioral ecology to better understand cognitive development and cognitive decline in humans. In particular, I am interested in how variable access to resources, different learning environments, and ecological variation can affect cognition across the lifecourse. I work with the Tsimane of Bolivia and the OwaTwa & Himba of northern Namibia. (website).    

 

Duman Bahrami-Rad
Dr. Duman Bahrami-Rad
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
My research interests are in development and cultural economics. Combining insights from economics and anthropology, I particularly focus on the origins and consequences of differences in kin networks, marriage practices, and gender norms. (website). 

 

Graduate Students

Manvir Singh
G6 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I’m intrigued by the processes by which rules emerge in human societies, as well as the evolutionary underpinnings and cultural evolution of expressive behavior (art). I earned an ScB from Brown University in 2012 (and studied burying beetles) before pursuing a year-long Fulbright project about policing in animal societies. I currently conduct fieldwork among the Mentawai people of Siberut Island (Indonesia). (website)
 
Graham Noblit
G3 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I aim to understand variation in political-economic outcomes between populations by examining political preferences and their origins. I do this using behavioral experiments in an ethnographic context and draw on psychological and cognitive methods in order to illuminate the mental and affective processes that generate behavior. This approach allows me to explicitly link variation in institutions with that of behavior, and may further our understanding of the nature and structure of the human mind. In a sense, I am trying to bring institutions to the study of psychology and psychology to the study of institutions. I intend to apply my findings by designing institutions that solve community- and state-level problems without ignoring individual-level psychology and behavior.  Email: graham_noblit[~at~]g.harvard.edu.

Kevin Hong
G3 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
I am broadly interested in understanding human behavior from evolutionary perspectives. In particular, I study the evolution of non-adaptive behaviors in light of dual inheritance theory and gene-culture co-evolution. In addition, I am interested in the future of human evolution given the contemporary cultural environment in post-industrial countries.
 
Tommy Flint
G2 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Right now I'm interested in research related to alcohol use, violence, mating systems and strategies, the psychology of social norms and reputations, literacy, and storytelling. If you'd like to talk about any of those topics send me an email: tommyflint[~at~]g.harvard.edu. 

 

Cammie

Cammie Curtin
G1 in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Beyond a general interest in cultural evolution, I am fascinated by the interactions between language, cognition, and culture. I received a BA in Neuroscience from Middlebury College, where I also explore the diversity of human behavior and culture through courses in language, art history, and anthropology. Before joining the graduate program, I studied the effects of matrilineal kinship on spousal cooperation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and served as the Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab Manager for several years. 
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Lab Associates

Max WinklerMax Winkler
Visiting PhD student from the Department of Economics, University of Zurich
My research aims to shed light on the foundations of individual and collective decision making by integrating insights from psychology and anthropology into economics. I have digitized historical sources and compiled novel data sets using text analysis and lab-in-the-field experiments to study the origins and consequences of cultural variation in preferences, beliefs, and values.
 
 

Lab Manager

CammieTiffany HwangTiffany Hwang
Culture, Cognition, & Coevolution Lab Manager
My research interests for future graduate study are the evolutionary underpinnings of status and prestige. In 2018, I earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. During this time, I completed a senior honors thesis through the Psychology Departmental Honors program that investigated how Cervical Dystonia patients perceive vertical in their environment. Additionally, I led research projects within the Anthropology department, including projects on pathogen versus ectoparasite disgust and threat-based credulity.