Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 February 2020

(p. xi) About the Contributors

(p. xi) About the Contributors

Daniel E. Adkins is Assistant Professor of Sociology, Human Genetics, and Psychiatry at the University of Utah. His research, broadly quantitative and interdisciplinary, integrates social inequality perspectives on stress with genomic big data to map how social disadvantage becomes epigenetically encoded, influencing downstream gene expression, health, and behavior. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact sociology, psychiatry, and genetics journals. In addition to pursuing his own eclectic research interests and teaching statistics, he serves as statistical consultant to the Utah Consortium for Families and Health Research.

Kevin M. Beaver is Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University and visiting Distinguished Research Professor in the Center for Social and Humanities Research at King Abdulaziz University. His research examines the causes of antisocial behavior.

Marion Blute is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her theoretical interests are in selection processes of all sorts, and her empirical interests are in the sociology of science/scholarship and genders. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Biological Theory, of the editorial board of Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, and an associate of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She is past Chair of the Evolution, Biology and Society section of the American Sociological Association and a past member of the nominations and of the Marjorie Grene and Werner Callebaut Prize Committees of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology. Her monograph, Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution: Solutions to Dilemmas in Cultural and Social Theory, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

Eric J. Connolly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. His research interests include biosocial criminology, criminological theory, developmental/life course criminology, and victimology. His work focuses on examining the genetic and environmental contributions to individual differences in antisocial behavior at different stages of the life course.

Timothy Crippen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Mary Washington. He has specialized expertise in the evolution of various aspects of human social behavior and in sociological theory. He is co-author (with Joseph Lopreato) of Crisis in Sociology: The Need for Darwin (Routledge, 2001). His work has been published in Social (p. xii) Forces, Human Nature, and Sociological Perspectives, among other academic journals, and he has contributed chapters to various edited scholarly volumes.

Kristen Damron is a graduate student in sociology at California State University, Long Beach. Her work focuses on the impact of stressful social conditions on health. She plans to pursue research on positive psychology in the near future.

Jeff Davis is Professor at California State University in the Departments of Sociology and Human Development. He has published in the areas of neurosociology, human behavioral ecology, and social inequality. His research focuses on the harmful effects of structural inequalities on neurobiological functioning and social behaviors.

Anna R. Docherty is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah and the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research integrates dimensional phenotypic assessment and genomic data to predict risk for severe psychopathology. She explores strategies for genetic subtyping and risk analysis, and also the influences of comorbid conditions on psychiatric trajectories.

Lee Ellis is a semi-retired former Professor of Sociology at Minot State University and Visiting Professor in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Malaya. His main areas of research are sex differences in behavior, social stratification, criminality, and religion.

Martin Fieder is Associate Professor of Evolutionary Demography in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vienna. He has studied evolutionary anthropology, behavioral biology, and informatics. His main research areas are human reproduction and social status, homogamy, evolution of religions, and behavioral genetics.

David D. Franks has focused on the subject of neurosociology during the past decade. His book, Neurosociology: The Nexus Between Neuroscience and Social Psychology (Springer, 2010), received an award from the Evolution, Biology and Society section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). His book, Neurosociology: Fundamentals and Current Findings, will be published in 2018 by Springer. In 1977, he came from the University of Denver to chair the Department of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1999. In 2015, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sociology of Emotions Section of the ASA. He was also elected Chair of the Evolution, Biology and Society Section of the ASA in 2014–2015.

Douglas A. Granger, PhD , is a psychoneuroendocrinology researcher who is well known for his development of methods related to saliva collection and analysis and the theoretical and statistical integration of salivary measures into developmental research. He is Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology, Public Health, and Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, and has created and leads The Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research. He holds adjunct appointments in the School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

(p. xiii) Michael Hammond is a retired Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He currently lives in San Francisco, California ( His most recent project is titled “Fool’s Gold: Repetition Allowances and Contrast Effects in Modern Economies.”

Peter K. Hatemi is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry at The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on explicating individual differences in preferences, decision-making, and social behaviors on a wide range of topics, including political behaviors and attitudes, addiction, violence and terrorism, public health, gender identification, religion, mate selection, and the nature of interpersonal relationships.

Susanne Huber is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She has studied behavioral biology. Her current research interests involve evolutionary explanations of human behavior, effects of the early environment, and epigenetic mechanisms underlying early life factor effects.

Fiona M. Jordan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where she leads a research group on explaining cultural diversity. Her work uses comparative phylogenetic methods to answer questions about cultural evolution across human populations, with a particular focus on kinship, language, and the Austronesian-speaking societies of the Pacific. Her integrative research draws on a multidisciplinary background in anthropology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and language sciences.

Cody Jorgensen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University. He earned his PhD in criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014. His areas of interest include biosocial criminology, criminological theory, statistics, policing, and forensics.

Satoshi Kanazawa is an evolutionary psychologist and intelligence researcher; Reader in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science; and Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London. He is Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and serves as Associate Editor of the American Psychological Association journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. He has written over 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters in all of the social sciences (psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and anthropology), as well as in biology, medicine, epidemiology, gerontology, demography, and criminology. His article “Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent,” published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly, was widely reported in the media throughout the world, with the combined viewership of 400 million people worldwide (estimated by Meltware News). He is the author of The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One (Wiley, 2012) and coauthor (with Alan S. Miller) of Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters (Penguin, 2007). His LSE home page is

(p. xiv) Olga Kornienko, PhD , is Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. Her research focuses on understanding how peer networks promote and constrain psychological adaptation, development, and health across the lifespan, particularly during adolescence. She approaches her research from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on theories and methods from developmental and social psychology, sociology, network science, and psychoneuroendocrinology. Her research has been funded by National Institutes of Health and been published in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Social Neuroscience, Hormones and Behavior, Social Networks, and other outlets.

Norman P. Li, MBA, PhD is Lee Kong Chian Fellow and Associate Professor of Psychology at Singapore Management University, and Associate Editor at the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. He adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human behavior, integrating economic concepts and tools, evolutionary theory, and social psychological experimental methodology. His research focuses on human mating as well as problems at the individual, organizational, and societal levels caused by the mismatch between people’s evolved psychological mechanisms and modern environments.

Adam Lockyer is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University. He was also the 2015 Fulbright Scholar in US–Australian alliance studies. His research focuses on US foreign policy, political strategy, political attitudes, and evolutionary theory.

Richard Machalek is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Wyoming. He studies and writes about the evolution of social behavior among both humans and nonhuman species. He is especially interested in the distribution of basic forms of social organization and interaction across species lines.

Douglas A. Marshall is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Honors Education at the University of South Alabama. His research lies at the intersection of sociological theory, social psychology, and evolutionary biosociology, particularly as applied to the sociology of rationality and to the sociology of religion, in which section he was awarded the ASA outstanding paper award in 2011. His current projects include The Moral Origins of God, a book integrating his work on ritual, the sacred, and theogenesis into a comprehensive evolutionary theory of religion, and Sociology Distilled: Science, Force, and Structure, a supplemental text for introductory sociology courses.

Alexandra Maryanski is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. She has authored or co-authored six books as well as coedited a large Handbook on Evolution and Society (Paradigm, 2015), in addition to authoring dozens of research articles. Her primary scholarly interests revolve around bringing data on primates, biological methods and models, network analysis, and neurology to the social sciences. She was one of the founders of contemporary evolutionary sociology as well as an early proponent of neurosociology. Her latest book, Emile Durkheim and the Birth of (p. xv) the Gods (Routledge, forthcoming) brings the accumulated data on primates, methods from biology and network analysis, comparative neurology, and evolutionary theory to an assessment of Emile Durkheim’s theory on the origin and operation of religion in societies, as outlined in Durkheim’s essays after 1895 and in his monumental book in 1912, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

Allan Mazur , a sociologist and engineer, is Professor of Public Affairs in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is author or co-author of 10 books and nearly 200 academic articles, many on biological aspects of social behavior. He also studies the sociology of science, technology, and environment. Mazur is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His most recent book is Technical Disputes Over Public Policy: From Fluoridation to Fracking and Climate Change (Routledge, 2017).

Rose McDermott is David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her PhD in political science from Stanford University and has taught at Cornell University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Harvard University. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Women and Public Policy Program, all at Harvard University. She has been a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences twice. She is the author of four books, a co-editor of two additional volumes, and author of more than 200 academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines encompassing topics such as experimentation, emotion and decision-making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior.

Colter Mitchell is Research Assistant Professor of Family Demography at the Institute for Social Research and Faculty Associate at the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. His broad research interests include exploring biosocial mechanisms and interactions for health and well-being across the life-course with a focus on integrating genetic, epigenetic, and social factors. He also investigates new methods for collecting and analyzing biological and social data.

Joseph L. Nedelec is Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. His primary research interests lie within biosocial criminology, evolutionary psychology, behavioral genetics, and cybercrime. He is co-founder and Vice President of the Biosocial Criminology Association (

François Nielsen received a BA in sociology from Université Libre de Bruxelles and a PhD from Stanford University. He has been on the faculty at McGill University and University of Chicago and is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2007 to 2010, he was editor of the journal Social Forces. His research and teaching center on social stratification and mobility, behavior genetics, sociobiology, sociocultural evolution, quantitative methodology, and the work of Vilfredo Pareto. He has published articles in journals including American Journal of (p. xvi) Sociology, American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Sociological Theory.

Kelli M. Rasmussen is a doctoral student in the Population Health Sciences program at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She recently received her MS in sociology with an emphasis in population health sciences from the University of Utah. She is currently Senior Research Analyst for the VERITAS program within the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Her current research interests include biodemography, oncology, health systems research, environmental exposures and health outcomes, aging, and bioinformatics.

Kristin Liv Rauch received her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Davis, where she studied human behavioral ecology. She teaches evolutionary anthropology at the California State University, Sacramento. Her research takes a biocultural perspective on social institutions and human evolution, especially regarding mating and life history strategies in complex societies.

Anna Rotkirch is Research Professor and Director of the Population Research Institute at Väestöliitto, the Finnish Family Federation in Helsinki. She has pioneered evolutionary studies in family sociology in Europe and currently studies childbearing and family relations in contemporary societies. Her research interests include sibling relations, grandparenting, friendship, and the impact of “baby fever” on fertility behavior. Her book on evolutionary family sociology, Yhdessä (Together), was published in Swedish (S&S) and Finnish (WSOY) in 2014, and her latest co-edited book, Grandfathers: Global Perspectives, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2016.

Frank Salter is a graduate of Sydney and Griffith Universities, Australia. He researched political ethology with the Max Planck Society in Andechs, Germany, from 1991 to 2011 and has lectured on ethnicity, nationalism, and other social science subjects in the United States and several European countries. Much of his research on ethnicity has examined the social impacts of diversity and their causes (e.g., see his edited volume Welfare, Ethnicity and Altruism: New Findings and Evolutionary Theory; Cass, 2004). Together with geneticist Henry Harpending, he provided the first estimate of ethnic kinship, finding it to be higher than previously assumed. His book, On Genetic Interests: Family, Ethnicity, and Humanity in an Age of Mass Migration (Transaction, 2003), explored the politics and morality of ethnic solidarity from a neo-Darwinian perspective. Now based in Sydney, Australia, he consults on academic, political, and management issues.

Stephen K. Sanderson taught for 31 years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and for 8 years was Visiting Professor at the University of California, Riverside. He specializes in comparative–historical sociology, sociological and anthropological theory, and evolution and human behavior. He is the author or editor of 14 books in 21 editions, and he has published several dozen articles in professional journals, edited collections, and handbooks. His most recent books are Rethinking Sociological Theory: Introducing and (p. xvii) Explaining a Scientific Theoretical Sociology (Paradigm, 2012) and Human Nature and the Evolution of Society (Westview, 2014).

Joseph A. Schwartz is Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska Omaha. His research interests include behavior genetics, developmental/life course criminology, and additional factors involved in the etiology of criminal behavior. He is also a cofounder and the current Treasurer/Secretary of the Biosocial Criminology Association (

Jonathan H. Turner is Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and University Professor of the University of California system, as well as Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside. He is primarily a general sociological theorist but has interests in many substantive areas of inquiry, including evolutionary sociology, neurosociology, and religion. He is the author of 41 books and more than 200 articles in theory and additional substantive areas, such as the sociology of emotions, stratification, ethnicity, and interpersonal behavior.

Anthony Walsh received his PhD in criminology from Bowling Green University. He is currently Professor at Boise State University, where he teaches biocriminology, statistics, and law. He has field experiences in both law enforcement and corrections, and he has published 38 books and approximately 150 journal articles and book chapters.

Joseph M. Whitmeyer is Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has published extensively on group process research, particularly on exchange and status processes. He has also co-written a book (with Saul Brenner) on the processes that occur in one empirically important small group, the US Supreme Court.

(p. xviii)