D.B. Hrdy / Anthro-Photo

D.B. Hrdy / Anthro-Photo

Personal Information

Born: July 11, 1946

Nationality: U.S.

Married to Daniel B. Hrdy, M.D., Ph.D., 3 children


Institutional Affiliation

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, Professor Emerita

Department of Anthropology

University of California

Davis, CA 95616

Also A.D. White Professor-at-Large

Cornell University (2011 - 2017)

Ithaca, New York



Radcliffe College, A.B. (summa cum laude), 1969

Harvard University, Ph.D. (Anthropology), 1975


Honorary Degrees

Honorary Doctorate (Science), Harvard University, June 4, 2009. [PDF]

Honorary Doctorate (Humanistics), University of Humanistics, Utrecht, January 29, 2009.

Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters), Willamette University, May 16, 2010. [PDF]

Honorary Doctorate (Science), Emory University, May 8, 2017.


Other Honors

Phi Beta Kappa

Elected California Academy of Sciences, 1985

Geneva Sayre Lecturer, 1985, Russell Sage College

Guggenheim Fellow, 1987-1988

Radcliffe Graduate Society Medal, 1988

Elected National Academy of Sciences, 1990

Elected Fellow Animal Behavior Society, 1990

Honorary Member Golden Key Honor Society, 1990

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992

Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement, St. John's School, 1993

Spencer Lecturer, Oxford University, 1995

David French Lecturer in the Natural Sciences, Claremont Colleges, 1996

Howells Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Biological Anthropology,

      -American Anthropological Association, (for Mother Nature) 2001

Tanner Lecturer, University of Utah, 2000

Named one of Discover Magazine's "Fifty Most Important Women in Science", 2001

Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, University of California, 2002-2003

Tenth Annual Maurice Galante Lecturer, School of Medicine, UCSF, 2005

Centennial Medal, Harvard GSAS, 2007

Tinbergen Lecturer, Leiden, 2010

Westermarck Lecturer, Helsinki, 2010

Elected American Philosophical Society, 2011

A.D. White Professor-at-large, Cornell University, 2011-2017

Patten Lecturer, Indiana University, 2012-2013

J.I. Staley Prize (for Mothers and Others), 2012

Howells Prize (for Mothers and Others), 2012

Human Behavior and Evolution Society Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Contribution to Science, 2013

National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing, 2014 [Award]


Authored and Edited Volumes

1972    The Black-man of Zinacantan: A Central American Legend. The Texas Pan American

           Series. Austin: University of Texas Press. (2012, Reissued as paperback)


1977    The Langurs of Abu: Female and Male Strategies of Reproduction. Cambridge: Harvard

           University Press.


(1980, paperback edition with new preface) Chapter 7- The Puzzle of Langur Infant-Sharing[PDF]


1981    The Woman that Never Evolved.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press. (Chosen by New

           York Times Book Review as one of Notable Books of the Year in Science and Social


            Japanese edition (1982), Tokyo: Shisaku-sha.

            1st French edition (1984), Des guenons et des femmes. Paris: Editions Tierce.

            2nd French edition (1999), La femme qui n' evoluait jamais. Paris: Payot et Rivage.

            Italian edition (1985), La donna che non si e'evoluta. Rome: Franco Angeli Editore.

            Polish edition (2005), Kobieta ktorej nigd. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Cis.


1984    Infanticide: Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives. Hausfater, G., and S. Hrdy, eds.

           New York: Aldine. (Selected as a 1984-1985 Outstanding Academic Books by Choice, The

           Journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries). (2008, Reprinted as

           paperback by Aldine/Transaction)


1999    Mother Nature: A history of mothers, infants and Natural Selection. New York: Pantheon.

           (A BOMC Alternative Selection; Selected by Publisher's Weeklyand by Library Journals

           one of Best Books of 1999; chosen as a finalist for PEN USA West 2000 Literary Award for

           Research Nonfiction.) Published in UK as Mother Nature: Natural selection and the female

           of the species. London: Chatto and Windus). has been or is being translated into Chinese,

           Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Polish.


2005    Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis. 92nd Dahlem Conference Report. Edited by

            C. S. Carter, L.Ahnert, K. E. Grossmann, S. B. Hrdy, M. E. Lamb, S. W. Porges, and N.

            Sachser. Cambridge: MIT Press. Translated into German and Dutch.


2009    Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding. Cambridge:

            Harvard University Press.


2009    Dutch edition:Een kind heeft vele moeders: Hoe evolutie ons sociaal heeft gemaakt.

            Translated by Bart Voorzanger. Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam.


2010    German edition: Mutter und Andere: Wie die Evolution uns zu sozialen Wesen gemacht

            hat.  Translated by Thorsten Schmidt. Berlin: Berlin Verlag. (Nominated as one of Best

            German Books in Science in 2010)


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

1974    Male-male competition and infanticide among the langurs (Presbytis entellus) of Abu,

           Folia Rajasthan. Primatologica 22:19-58. [PDF]


1976a   The care and exploitation of nonhuman primate infants by conspecifics other than the

            mother. In J. S. Rosenblatt, R. Hinde, E. Shaw, C. Beer, (eds.), Advances in the Study of

            Behavior 6. New York: Academic Press, pp. 101-158. [PDF]


1976b   Hierarchical relations among female Hanuman langurs (Primates: Colobinae, Presbytis

            entellus), by S. Hrdy and D. Hrdy. Science 193:913-915.


1977    Infanticide as a primate reproductive strategy. American Scientist 65(1):40-49. Reprinted

           in Paul Sherman and John Alcock (eds.), Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from the

           American Scientist. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates 1993, 1998, 2001, 2005. [PDF]


1978    Allomaternal care and abuse of infants among Hanuman langurs. In: D. J. Chivers and J.

           Herbert (eds.), Recent Advances in Primatology. New York: Academic Press. [PDF]


1979    Infanticide among animals: A review, classification, and examination of the implications

           for the reproductive strategies of females. Ethology and Sociobiology 1:13-40. [PDF]


1981a   Measures of human disturbance in the habitats of South Asian monkeys, by N. Bishop, S.

            Hrdy, J. Teas and J. Moore. International Journal of Primatology 2:153-167.


1981b   "Nepotists" and "Altruists": The behavior of senescent females in macaques and langur

            monkeys. In: P. Amoss and S. Harrell (eds.), Other Ways of Growing Old, pp. 59-76. Palo

            Alto: Stanford University Press. [PDF]


1982a   Positivist thinking encounters field primatology resulting in agonistic behavior. Social

            Science Information 21(2):245-250.


1982b   Why human secondary sex ratios are so conservative: A distant reply from ninth century

             France, by S. Hrdy and Emily R. Coleman. Offprint circulated for Wenner Gren Symposium

            No. 88, Infanticide in Animals and Man, Cornell University, August 16-22.


1983a   Behavioral biology and the double standard by S. Hrdy and G. C. Williams. In S. Wasser

            (ed.), Social Behavior of Female Vertebrates, pp. 3-17. New York: Academic Press.


1983b   Adaptive and nonadaptive classes of infanticide. In P. K. Seth (ed.), Perspective in

            Primate Biology, pp. 11-17. New Delhi: Today and Tomorrow.


1983c   Sexually selected infanticide among female birds: A comment. Ethology and Sociobiology



1984a   Introduction: Female reproductive strategies. In M. Small (ed.), Female Primates: Studies

            by Women Primatologists, pp. 103-9. New York: Alan Liss.


1984b   Assumptions and evidence regarding the sexual selection hypothesis: A reply to

            Boggess. In G. Hausfater and S. Hrdy (eds.), Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives

            on Infanticide.  New York: Aldine.


1984c   Comparative and evolutionary perspectives on infanticide: An introduction and overview,

             by S. Hrdy and G. Hausfater. In G. Hausfater and S. Hrdy (eds.), Comparative and

             Evolutionary Perspectives on Infanticide. New York: Aldine. [PDF]


1986a   Secondary sex ratios by maternal age, parity and rank in captive rhesus macaques, by M.

            Small and S. Hrdy. American Journal of Primatology 11:359-365.


1986b   Empathy, polyandry and the myth of the coy female. In Ruth Bleier (ed.), Feminist

             Approaches to Science, pp. 119-46. New York: Pergamon. [PDF] Reprinted in Janet A.

             Kourany (ed.), The Gender of Science, pp. 171-91. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

             Education/Prentice-Hall, 2002; reprinted in Elliott Sober(ed.), Conceptual Issues in

             Evolutionary Biology, pp. 131-159. Cambridge: Bradford Books of MIT Press, 2006.


1986c   Sources of variance in the reproductive success of female primates. In Proceedings of

            the International Meeting on Variability and Behavioral Evolution. Rome: Academia

            Nazionale dei Lincei.


1987a   The patterning of sexual activity among primates, by S. Hrdy and P. Whitten. In B. Smuts,

            D. Cheney, R. Seyfarth, B. Smuts, R. Wrangham, and T. Struhsaker (eds.), Primate

            Societies, pp. 370-384. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [PDF]


1987b   Sex-biased parental investment among primates and other mammals. In J. Lancaster and

             R. Gelles (eds.), Child Abuse and Neglect: A Biosocial Perspective, pp. 97-147. New York:

             Aldine. [PDF]


1988a   Levels of complexity in the study of "adaptive" sex ratios. In Gary Greenberg and Ethel

            Tobach (eds.). Evolution of Social Behavior and Integrative Levels 3, pp. 147-163.

            Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


1988b   Commentary on "Huxley's evolution and ethics in sociobiological perspective." Zygon:

             Journal of Science and Religion 23(4):409-411.


1990    Sex bias in nature and in history: A late 1980s re-examination of the "biological origins"

            argument. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology33:25-37. [PDF]


1991a   Intensity of local resource competition shapes the relationship between maternal rank

           and sex ratios at birth in Cercopithecine primates, by Carel van Schaik and S. Hrdy.

           American Naturalist 138(6):1555-1562. [PDF]


1991b   Infanticide as a reproductive strategy. Current Contents 40 (Oct. 7):8. Institute for

            Science Information. Available online at Garfield Library, University of Pennsylvania [PDF]


1992a   Fitness tradeoffs in the history and evolution of delegated mothering with special

            reference to wet-nursing. Ethology and Sociobiology 13(5/6):409-42. Also published in

            Stefano Parmigiani and Frederick Vom Saal (eds.), Infanticide and Parental Care, pp.

            3-42. London: Harwood Academic, 1994. Reprinted in Laura Betzig (ed.), Human Nature: A

            Critical Reader, pp. 402-422. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. [PDF]


1992b   Allocation of accumulated resources among close kin: Inheritance in Sacramento,

            California, 1890-1984, by Debra S. Judge and S. B. Hrdy. Ethology and Sociobiology 13



1993a   Darwin and the puzzle of primogeniture: An essay on biases in parental investment after

            death, by S. B. Hrdy and Debra S. Judge. Human Nature 4(1):1-45. [PDF]


1993b   Geschlechtliche Ungleichheit in Natur and Geschichte. In Evolution und Andpassung.

           Christian Vogel zum 60, Geburtstag. Stuttgart: S. Hirzel Verlag. (Adapted from Hrdy 1990).


1995a   Infanticide: Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water, by S. B. Hrdy, Charles

            Janson, and Carel van Schaik. Evolutionary Anthropology 3(5): 151-154.


1995b   The primate origins of female sexuality, and their implications for the role of

             nonconceptive sex in the reproductive strategies of women. Human Evolution10(2):



1996    Infanticide. In D. Levenson and M. Ember (eds.), Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology

           2:645-648. North York: Henry Holt.


1997a   Mainstreaming Medea. Preface to reprinted chapter on "Fitness tradeoffs in the history

            and evolution of delegated mothering." In Laura Betzig (ed.), Human Nature: A Critical

            Reader, pp. 423-426. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


1997b   Raising Darwin's consciousness: Female sexuality and the prehominid origins of

            patriarchy. Human Nature 8(1):1-49. [PDF]


2000a   The optimal number of fathers: Evolution, demography, and history in the shaping of

             female mate preferences. Annals New York Academy of Sciences907:75-96. [PDF]


2000b   Raising Darwin's consciousness: Sexual selection and the prehominid origins of

             patriarchy. In Susan Iverson and Colin Blakemore (eds.), Gender and Society, pp. 143-

             199. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


2001    Preface. In Carel van Schaik and Charles Janson (eds.), Infanticide by Males and Its

            Implications, pp. vi-xiv. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 


2001    The past, the present and the future of the human family. In Grethe Peterson (ed.), The

            Tanner Lectures on Human Values 23, pp. 57-110. Salt Lake City: University of Utah

            Press. Available online [PDF]


2002    Motherhood. In Mark Pagel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Evolution, pp. E55-65. Oxford: Oxford

            University Press.

2003     The optimal number of fathers: Evolution, demography, and history in the shaping of

             female mate preferences (republished from 2000a above) in Steven Scher and Frederick Rauscher              (eds.), Evolutionary Psychology: Alternative Approaches, pp. 111-129. Boston: Kluwer Academic. [PDF]


2003    Maternal sentiments: How strong are they? Comment in Reply to Arthur Wolf. Current

             Anthopology 44 (Supplement):S41-42.


2005a   Cooperative breeders with an ace in the hole. In Eckart Voland, Athanasios Chasiotis,

             and Wulf Schiefenhovel (eds.), Grandmotherhood: The Evolutionary Significance of the

             Second half of the Female Life, pp. 295-317. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University



2005b   On why it takes a village: Cooperative breeders, infant needs and the future (excerpted

              and reprinted from Hrdy 2002a). In Robert Burgess and Kevin MacDonald (eds.),

              Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Development, pp. 167-188. Thousand Oaks, CA:

              Sage Publications.


2005c   Comes the child before man: Cooperative breeding and the evolution of prolonged post-

             weaning dependence. In B. Hewlett and M. Lamb (eds.), Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods:

             Evolutionary, Developmental and Cultural Perspectives, pp. 65-91. New Brunswick, NJ:

             Aldine/Transaction. [PDF]


2005d   Evolutionary context of human development: The cooperative breeding hypothesis. In C.

              S. Carter, L. Ahnert, K. E. Grossmann, S. B. Hrdy, M. E. Lamb, S. W. Porges, and N.

              Sachser (eds.), Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis. Dahlem Workshop 92.

              Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Slightly revised version reprinted in 2008 in C. Salmon and T.

              Shackelford (eds.), The Evolutionary Psychology of the Family, pp. 39-68. Oxford:

              Oxford University Press. [PDF]


2005e   Group report: Biobehavioral processes in attachment and bonding, with J. F. Leckman, C.

             S. Carter, M. Hennessey, E. B. Keverne, G. Klann-Delius, C. Schradin, D. Todt, and D. Van

             Holst. In C. S. Carter, L. Ahnert, K. E. Grossmann, S. B. Hrdy, M. E. Lamb, S. W. Porges,

             and N. Sachser (eds.), Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis, pp. 300–347. Dahlem

             Workshop 92. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


2008a   Cooperative breeding and the paradox of facultative fathering. In Robert Bridges (ed.),

             The Neurobiology of Parental Care, pp. 405–414. New York: Academic Press. [PDF]


2008b   Is sex destiny? (excerpt from Mother Nature). In Jeremy Adelman et al., Worlds Together,

             Worlds Apart: From the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present (second ed.), p. 44. New

             York: W.W. Norton.


2009    Prologue: Allomothers across species, across cultures, and through time. In Gillian

            Bentley and Ruth Mace (eds.), Substitute Parents: Biological and Social Perspectives on

            Alloparenting across Human Societies. Studies of the Biosocial Society. Oxford: Bergahn



2009   Cooperative breeding and human cognitive evolution. Burkart, Judith; S. Hrdy and C. van

           Schaik. Evolutionary Anthropology 18:175–186.


2010a   Myths, monkeys and motherhood: An intellectual autobiography. In Lee Drickamer and

            Donald Dewsbury (eds.), Leaders in Animal Behavior: The Second Generation. Cambridge:

            Cambridge University Press, pp. 343-344. Available online. [PDF]


2010b   Appendix to Mothers and Others: On the prevalence of cooperative breeding in primates[PDF]


2010c   What’s wrong with this picture? Guest Feature. In Tamás Székely, Allen J. Moore, and Jan

             Komdeur (eds.), Social Behaviour: pp. 159-161. [PDF]


2012     Comes the Child before Man: Development's role in producing selectable variation.

             Evolutionary Anthropology. 21:188


2016a   Development plus social selection in the evolution of "emotionally modern" humans,

            in: Childhood: Origins, evolution, and implications. Meehan, C.L., Crittenden, A., eds.

            Albuquerque: University of New Mexico.  School for Advanced Research. 11-44. [PDF]


2016bOf marmosets, men, and the transformative power of babies, in: Costly and Cute: Helpless

           infants and human evolution, edited by Wenda R. Trevathen and Karen R. Rosenberg.

           Albuquerque: School for Advanced Research and University of New Mexico Press. pp.

           177-203. [PDF]


2016cVariable postpartum responsiveness among humans and other primates with “cooperative

            breeding”: A comparative and evolutionary perspective. Hormones and Behavior 77:

            272–283. [PDF]




Scholarly Writing for General Audiences

1976    Affen morden ihre Kinder. Bild der Wissenschaft 13(7):34-43


1978    George Edwards: Depictor of nondescripts. Natural History. LXXVII (5):72-81. [PDF]


1979    The fig connection, by S. Hrdy and W. Bennett. Harvard Magazine (Sept.-Oct.):24-30.[PDF]


1981a   Lucy's husband: What did he stand for? by S. Hrdy and W. Bennett. Harvard Magazine

            (July - Aug.): 7-9, 46. Reprinted in Alfred Rosenberger (ed.), The Science of

            Paleoanthropology: Notes and Readings. [PDF]


1981b   What issues I think are going to be most important for women in the future.  Alternate

            Futures: Women and the Future. In The Journal of Utopian Studies 4(2-3): 175. [PDF]


1983a   Heat loss. Science 834(8):72-78. Reprinted in Japanese (Quark) and Italian (Scienza 83). [PDF]


1983b   The human element in the study of human nature. Reprint of Commencement Address

             given at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Reprinted May 22, 1983. St. Timothy's Alumnae

             Bulletin, Stevenson, MD.


1984a   When the bough breaks. The Sciences 24(2):44-50. (To be reprinted by the Ransom



1984b   Infanticide: Male takeovers in Hanuman langur troops. In D. MacDonald (ed.), The

            Encyclopedia of Mammals, pp. 410-411. Oxford: Equinox.


1988a   Daughters or Sons? Natural History (April):63-83. Reprinted in Russell L. Ciochon (ed.),

             The Primate Anthology: Essays on Primate Behavior, Ecology and Conservation from

             Natural History, Prentice Hall, 1997. [PDF]


1988b   The primate origins of human sexuality. In Robert Bellig and George Stevens (eds.), The

             Evolution of Sex, pp. 100-136. Nobel Conference XXIII. New York: Harper and Row. [PDF]


1988c   Raising Darwin's consciousness. In Robert Billig and George Stevens (eds.), The Evolution

            of Sex, pp. 159-69. Nobel Conference XXIII. New York: Harper and Row. Reprinted in 1990

            in Zygon 25(2):129-137. [PDF]


1988d   Sons vs. daughters: How they fare in different human and animal societies (excerpts

             from lecture delivered at Radcliffe Graduate Society Awards Dinner, May 5, 1988).

             Radcliffe Quarterly (September):11-12.


1989    Dossier: Les animaux choisissents-ils le sexe de leurs petits? Terre Sauvage (Juillet-

            Aout) 31:78-93. (Adapted from Hrdy 1988a).


1990    Gestes d'amour: La tendresse et les rites amoureux chex les primates. Terre Sauvage

            (special issue no. 5). (Adapted from Hrdy 1988b).


1992    National Institutes of the Environment. News comment. Evolutionary Anthropology 1



1994    Tradimenti senza estro. Sfera (special edition on "Eros and Ethos") 38:18-23.


1995a   Rethinking mothers' nature. Natural History 104(12):4 [PDF].


1995b   Natural-born mothers. Natural History 104(12):30-42. Reprinted or excerpted in Physical

            Anthropology 97-98, pp. 78-85, Duskin/Brown and Benchmark; in Annual Editions

            Biopsychology 97/98, Biopsychology 98/99, pp. 100-106, Duskin/McGraw-Hill; also in The

            Lanahan Readings in the Psychology of Women and in 1998 Human Development, by

            Allen Keniston, Course Wise [PDF].


1995c   Hormonal cocktails for two, with Sue Carter, Natural History 104 (12):34 [PDF].


1995d   Liquid Assets: A brief history of wet-nursing. Natural History 104 (12):40. Available on

            "Sound Clips" from Personal Audio [PDF].


1999    Body fat and birth control. Natural History 108(8):88. Reprinted in Annual Editions:

            Anthropology, Spring 2001. [PDF]


2001    Mothers and others. Natural History (May):50-63. Available online. Reprinted in 2002

            Annual Editions: Anthropology, Guilford, CN: McGraw Hill/Duskin; in Matt Ridley (ed.),

            Best American Science Writing 2002, New York: Ecco/Harper Collins; in Natalie Angier

            (ed.), Best American Science and Nature Writing, Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2002; in

            Applying Cultural Anthropology, seventh edition, Mayfield Publishing, 2002.


2005   Milestones for Irv DeVore and the Simian Seminar.  Evolutionary Anthropology 14: 90-92.[PDF]


2006    With Tim Caro and Peter Marler. William J. Hamilton: Professor of Mammalogy. University

            of California Senate records, May 2, 2006. [PDF]


2007    Daddy dearest: What science tells about fatherhood, with Mary Batten. Time Magazine

            (June 18):60-61. Available online.


2008    Darwinism, Social Darwinism, and the "Supreme Function" of Mothers. AnthroNotes 29

            (2):10-14. American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. PDF


2009a   High Five with Sarah Hrdy (Paleolithic Art). Forbes.com, edited by Hana R. Alberts.

             Available online.


2009b   Meet the alloparents. Natural History (April):24-29. Available online.


2010    La position d'Elisabeth Badinter est irresponsable. BOOKS No. 24:87-88


2011    (With Charlie Janson) The XXIIIrd Congress of the International Primatological Society: An

           increasingly globalized and holistic primatology--Japanese-style. Evolutionary

           Anthropology 19(6):205-209.


2013    Overdue Dialogues. Foreward to Evolution's Empress: How females shape adaptation.

            Edited by M. L. Fisher; J. R. Garcia and R. Sokal Chang. Oxford: Oxford University Press,

            pp. XV-XIX. [PDF]


2014a  The "one animal in all creation about which man knows the least". Preface to Theme Issue

            on Female Competition and Aggression. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society,

            B 368 (1631):1-3.


In press Development + social selection in the evolution of emotionally modern humans with

              special reference to our "Inner Voice". New Frontiers in Social Neuroscience, edited by

              Jean Decety and Yves Christen.

2014b    (With Patricia Wright).  Alison Jolly: A supremely social intelligence.  Evolutionary

              Anthropology 23: 121-125. 

2015      (With John Fleagle).  Irven DeVore, 1934-2014.  Evolutionary Anthropology 24 (3):85.

2019 The Transformative Power of Nurturing. In Power and Care: Toward Balance for our Common Future —

Science, Society, and Spirituality. Edited by T. Singer and M. Ricard with K. Karius and with

contributions by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 15-27. [PDF]


Writing For Children

2014     All In with art by Ian McConville in Great Adaptations: a Fantastical Collection of

             Scientific Poems by Tiffany Taylor. Page 33.


Book Reviews

1979a   The evolution of human sexuality: The latest word and the last. Quarterly Review of

            Biology 54(3):309-314. [PDF]


1979b   A field study of Sumatran orangutans, by H. Rijksen for Quarterly Review of Biology 53



1979c   Biology and conservation of the Callitrichidae, edited by D. Kleiman for Quarterly Review

            of Biology 54(2):200.


1980    The great apes, edited by D. Hamburg and E. Mc Gown. Science 207:632-634.


1981    Malaysian forest primates, edited by D. Chivers, for Quarterly Review of Biology 56:482.


1985a   A shattering of stereotypes, Review of Female Strategies by Evelyn Shaw and Joan

            Darling for Natural History 94(6):72-77.


1985b   The endangered sex: Neglect of female children in rural North India, by Barbara Miller for

             American Anthropologist 87:719-720.


1988a   Skeptic amidst the converted, Review of Primate Sociobiology by Joseph Patrick Gray for

             American Journal of Primatology 14:103-106.


1988b   Some of her closest friends. Review of Elephant Memories by Cynthia Moss. New York

             Times Book Review (March 27).


1989    Born to get along together. Review of Peacemaking Among Primates by Frans de Waal.

           New York Times Book Review (April 9).


1990    Culture evolves towards the hamburger. Review of Our Kind: Who We Are, Where We Came

            From, Where We Are Going by Marvin Harris. New York Times Book Review (April 8).


1992a   Review of Evolution of Parental Care, with Marc Hauser et al. Evolution 46(3):852.


1992b   The Myth of Mother Love. Review of Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

            New York Times Book Review (August 30).


1993    Ape and essence. Review of Visions of Caliban by Dale Peterson and Jane Goodall. New

           York Times Book Review (June 13).


2000    Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian look at human behavior by Bobbi S. Low. Quarterly Review

            of Biology 75(2):217-218.


2004    Sexual diversity and the gender agenda: review of Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender

            and Sexuality in Nature and in People by Joan Roughgarden. Nature 429:19-21.


Selected Reviews, Interviews, and Biographical Accounts

1979    Understanding sociobiology, by Georgia Litwack. New England Magazine, Boston Globe,

           (April 8):6ff.


1984    Nos ancetres les guenons. L'Express (Dec. 28):24-25.


1984    New view of female primates assails stereotypes, by Erik Eckholm. Science Times, New

            York Times (September 18).


1988    Interview: Sarah Hrdy, by Thomas Bass. Omni (June):90ff.


1989a   Meurtres dans un jardin indien. Interview by Elena Adam. Terre Sauvage (Decembre)



1989b   Sarah Blaffer Hrdy: Investment strategies for the evolving portfolio of female primates.

             In Donna Haraway, Primate Visions, pp. 349-367. Routledge.


1994    Sarah Hrdy. In Thomas Bass, Reinventing the Future: Conversations with the World's

            Leading Scientists, pp. 6-25. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley. (adapted from 1988 interview

            in Omni)


1995    Primate suspect, by Lucy Hodges, The Times Higher Education Supplement (September



1996    Sarah Hrdy. In Sian Griffiths, (ed.), Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Forty Women Whose Ideas

           Shape the Modern World, pp. 37-144. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


1999    Cooperative breeders - they really pay dividends, by Anne Sebba. The Times Higher

           Education (November). Available online.


1999    Opinion interviews: Inhuman futures, with David Concar. New Scientist (December 14).


2000    Primate expert explores motherhood's brutal side, by Natalie Angier. Science Times, New

            York Times (March 8).


2000    Tough love: Anthropologist Sarah Hrdy has a startling new take on motherhood, by Sally

            Lehrman. San Francisco Magazine (March):30-35.


2000    Hrdy, Sarah Blaffer. Current Biography (June):14-18.


2002    Sex, murder and motherhood, by Ralph Brave. UC Davis Magazine(Spring):26-30.


2002    The fifty most important women in science, by Kathy A. Svitil. Discover Magazine



2002    Sexual stereotypes, by Jonathan Knight. Nature 415:254-256. Available online (requires

            login & password). (but see Hrdy 1986, "Empathy, Polyandry" for earlier discussion)


2003    The hardy Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, by Claudia Dowling. Discover Magazine (March):40-45.

             Available online.


2003    Promiskuitat ist Mutterlich. Geowissen 32. Available online.


2003    The Bookshelf Talks with Sarah Hrdy. Scientists' Nightstand. American Scientist Online

            (Nov. 25). Available online.


2009    In a helpless baby, the roots of our social glue, by Natalie Angier. New York Times (March

            2). Available online.


2009    Book of the week: Mothers and Others, by Camilla Power. The Times Higher Education

            (May). Available online.


2009    Interview on "Quirks and Quarks," Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (May 9).

            Available online.


2009    Mother of all books, book of all mothers: Author breaks open the whole area of mothering

            and female sexuality in evolutionary studies, by Claudia Casper. The Globe and Mail

            (May 9).


2009    Caring cooperators, by Gillian R. Brown. Science 324 (June 26):1646-1647.


2009    With a Little Help from My Friends, by William McGrew. American Scientist Online, July-

            August 2009.  Available online.


2010    Evolution Revisited: How Mothers and Others Make Us Human - An Editorial Based on a

           Transformational New Book by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, by Roberta J. Apfel, M.D., MPH. Journal

           of Nervous and Mental Disease 198 (3):169-173.


2010    L'homme a ete un animal moral avant d'inventer le langage. (Entretien) BOOKS

           No. 13:29-31.


2010    Une chercheuse americaine repond a Elisabeth Badinter. par Anne Crignon. Nouvelle

            Observateur. Available online.


2011    It Does Take a Village, by Melvin Konner. New York Review of Books December 8, 2011/Vol.

           XVIII(19):37-8. Available online.

2012    Read these Books by Allie Weiss '13.  Princeton Alumni Weekly, Jan. 18.



1977    "Stolen copulations"; "Play"; and "Kidnapped," by S. B. Hrdy, D. B. Hrdy, and John Melville

           Bishop. 16mm, color.


1980    "Hanuman langur: Monkeys of India," by S. B. Hrdy, Vishnu Mathur, and William Whitehead.

            30 minutes, color. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Available from CBC Enterprises, P.O. Box

            500, Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6, Canada.


1983    Treatment for film on reproductive strategies of female primates, for BBC Natural History

           Unit, Bristol.


1988    Monkeys of Abu. National Geographic Explorer. (May).


1990    Member of the Advisory Board, Nature, Channel 13, New York, for series on the natural

            history of sex.


1990    Consultant for Human Nature, for BBC, Bristol.


2001    Advisor for PBS series "Evolution."


2007    Advisor for "Il etait un fois l'instinct maternel" (50 minutes, color), a film based on French

            edition of  Mother Nature. Directed by Emma Baus and Jacqueline Farmer. St. Thomas

            Productions, France. [Video Film Teaser]


Teaching and Fellowships

1967               Teaching hygiene to Spanish-speaking adults, El Paraiso, Honduras

1973               Instructor in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

1975-1976      Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

1977-1978      Postdoctoral Fellowship, Biology Department, Harvard University

1978-1981      Volunteer Teacher's Assistant, Harvard Yard Day Care Center, Cambridge, MA

1979-2019 Associate in Biological Anthropology, Peabody Museum, Harvard University

1980-1981     Senior Fellow, American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi, India

1981-1982     Visiting Associate Professor, Rice University

1984-1996     Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

2010-2017     A.D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University



1966-1967   Medical technician. Amigos de las Americas, in cooperation with Education for Action, Radcliffe                    College, Honduras and Guatemala.


1966-1969   Ethnographic research in Maya-speaking communities in the Yucatan and Chiapas, Mexico, under                    the direction of Evon Vogt.


1970            Research Assistant to Dr. Neil Chalmers. Tigoni Primate Center, under the direction of L. S.                    B. Leakey.


1971-1975   Dissertation research on langur monkeys, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India, under the supervision of                    Irven DeVore, R. L. Trivers, and E. O. Wilson.


1976            Field survey of prosimians, Madagascar.


1976-1978   Follow-up visits to Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India.


1979-1980   Field observations on langur monkeys at Ranthambore and Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. Sponsored                    by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation


1986-1996   Archival research involving probate records of Sacramento (1860-1980) and Yolo (1890) counties,                    CA, and Suffolk County, MA (1690-1890).


Keynote, Plenary and Presidential Addresses

1989    Sex bias in nature and history. Keynote address, annual meeting of the American Association of Physical             Anthropologists, April 7, San Diego.

1999    If evolutionary theory is so powerful, why do we still need history. Keynote address, Annual meeting of            the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, June 4, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

2000   Mother-love and ambivalence: An evolutionist asks why human infants cost so much. Keynote                        address, Fifth Annual College Celebration, April 28, UC Davis.

2000   Raising Darwin's consciousness: Sexual selection from a mother's point of view. Keynote lecture for            symposium on Gender and Inquiry, October 12, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 

2000   Raising Darwin's Consciousness. October 7 Keynote lecture for conference on the Theory of Women            sponsored by the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy and Humanities Research Council of                        Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2002    Maternal love and ambivalence (in an ape with a heritage of cooperative breeding). Plenary. 16th                         Biennial Conf. of International Society of Human Ethology, August 7-10, Montreal.

2007    Cooperative breeding and the paradox of facultative fathering. Plenary lecture, Parental Brain                         Conference, June 14, Boston.

2009    With Frans de Waal, gave the keynote addresses in Symposium Biology and Ethics: Towards a New             Dialogue, University for Humanistics, Utrecht, January 30.

2009    The origin of emotionally modern humans. Annual Lecture, Biological Anthropology Section, American             Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, December 2.

2010    Plenary Lecture International Society of Primatology, held at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, Sept.12-18.

2011    Keynote Address. Fifth Annual Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society Conference, University of            Binghamton, April 1-3.

2011    Plenary. Human Behavior and Evolutionary Society Meetings. Montpellier, France, June 29-July 3.

2012    The origin of emotionally modern humans. Keynote Address, American Society of Primatologists,                         Sacramento, California, June 21. [PDF]

2015    Presidential Scholar Address. 41st Annual Convention of Association of Behavioral Analysis                         International, San Antonio, Texas.  May 24.


Other Presentations at Professional Meetings, Symposia, Workshops, & Invited Lectures (selected list)

1976    A reproductive value interpretation of hierarchical relations among female Hanuman langurs. American            Journal of Physical Anthropology Abstract. 44:186.

1976    Allomaternal care and abuse of infants among Hanuman Langurs. Abstracts of the Sixth Congress of the            International Primatological Society. Cambridge.

1976    Infanticide as a primate reproductive strategy. Women in Science Lecture Series, April 6, University of            Michigan.

1977    Allomaternal choice of charges among Hanuman langurs. Abstract.  American Journal of Physical                        Anthropology 47:137-138.

1979    The evolution of sexual dichromatism among primates, Abstract by S. Hrdy and J. Hartung. American             Journal of Physical Anthropology 50:450.

1980    Satellite symposium on Theoretical Models on Male and Female Reproductive Strategies with Respect to             the Actual Behavior of Langurs. 8th Congress of the International Primatological Society, July 4-6,             Florence, Italy.

1981    Moderator, Conference on the Great Apes: Fossey, Galdikas and Goodall.  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

1982    Conference on Infanticide in Animals and Men, co-organized with G. Hausfater. Wenner-Gren                         Foundation. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

1982    Wenner-Gren Symposium on Infanticide in Animals and Man. August 16-22, Cornell University, Ithaca,             NY.

1982    Opportunities and responsibilities for women: An anthropologist's view. Centennial History Seminar,             February 5 and 6, St. Timothy's School, Stevenson, MD.

1982    Loss of estrus in Homo sapiens. Public colloquium sponsored jointly by Anthropology Department and             those interested in Women's Studies, March 11, University of Texas, Austin.

1982    The woman that never evolved. Programs of Distinction Grants to Psychology Department, March 1,             Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

1982    Ideas program panel on sociobiology and women (with Michael Ruse and Anne Innis Dagg),             March 3, CBC National Radio.

1982    The importance of non-human primates for understanding human evolution and behavior. World Wildlife             Fund International Symposium on Tropical Forest and Primates, November 5, Rice University, Houston.

1983    Infanticide in evolution and in history. Douglas College, Rutgers Colloquium Series on Violence and             Aggression, February 16, New Brunswick, NJ.

1983    Female and male strategies of reproduction among langur monkeys. American Museum of Natural             History Lecture Series on Primates: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation, March 8, New York.

1983    Sex and evolution: A woman's perspective. Symposium series on Women's Perspectives on Their                         Discipline, April 6, Rice University, Houston.

1983    Sociobiology and primate evolution. The Genetics Revolution Residency Program, funded by a Bush             Foundation grant to Minnesota State University System, April 11, Moorehead, MN.

1983    The human element in the study of human nature. Commencement Address, May 22, Reed                         College, Portland, OR.

1983    The evolution of primate behavior: A female perspective. Dane Science Lecture, Pine Manor                         College, September 29, Chesnut Hill, MA.

1983    Apes, Angels and Victorians. Roxbury Clinical Record Club, October 25, Boston, MA.

1983    Recent Advances in Behavioral Evolution of Mammals and Man. November 23, Academica Nazionale de             Lincei.

1983    Variability and Behavioral Evolution. November 24-26, Institute of Genetics, University of Rome.

1984    Evolutionary perspectives on motherhood. Conference on The Many Phases of Eve, University of                         California Extension, Los Angeles, February 26. (Tape available through Infomedix, UCLA                                     Extension, Continuing Education in Health Sciences, Program K132, tape 6).

1985    Raising Darwin's consciousness. The 1985 Geneva Sayre Lecture, March 19, Russell Sage College, Troy,             NY.

1985    Looking out for the fates of infants. Symposium on Feminist Perspectives on Science, April 11-                        12, Madison, WI.

1985    Sons or daughters: That is the question. Spotlight on Women Scholars, October 23, University of                         California, Davis (tape available through Women's Resources and Research Center, UCD); also delivered             for UC Davis International House, January 21, 1986.

1985    Levels of complexity: "Adaptive" sex ratios among primates. Third T. C. Schneirla Conference, November             7-9, American Museum of Natural History, New York.

1985    Discussant. Symposium on the Anthropology of Gender Hierarchies. 84th Annual Meeting of the                         American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

1985    Allocation of investment in sons and daughters. Abstract.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology             66(2):182.

1986    Co-organizer with Joan Silk and Dorothy Cheney, Symposium on Primate Reproductive Strategies. 85th             Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia.

1986    Secondary sex ratios by maternal rank, parity and age in captive rhesus macaques by M.F. Small and             S. Hrdy. Abstracts of XIth Congress of the International Primatological Society, Gottingen.

1986    Comparative primatology and the absence of estrus in Homo sapiens. May 20, Anthropological Society             of Washington, DC.

1986    The absence of estrus in the human female. Symposium on the Origins of Human Sexuality, November             9, sponsored by the Institute of Human Origins, the California Academy of Sciences, and the University             of California, Berkeley.

1987    The primate origins of female sexuality. Nobel Conference XXIII on the Evolution of Sex, October                         6-7, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN.

1987    Primate sex ratios: An examination of the evidence. Symposium on Facultative Sex Ratios and Sex Ratio             Theory, organized by N. Burley and P. Gowaty for the American Society of Zoologists and the Animal             Behavior Society Annual Meeting, December 30, New Orleans.

1987    Factors affecting the production and survival of daughters versus sons among primates, by M. F. Small             and S. Hrdy. Abstracts of the 86th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

1988    Bias and equality in American legacies, by Debra S. Judge and Sarah B. Hrdy. Abstracts of the 87th             Annual Meeting of the American Anthroplogical Association.

1988    Workshop on Primate Sex Ratios, co-organized with Jeanne Altmann. Animal Behavior Winter                         Meeting, Park City, UT, January.

1988    Sons vs. daughters. Radcliffe Graduate Society, May 5, Cambridge, MA.

1989    Family structure and the investment in kin at death, by Debra S. Judge and Sarah B. Hrdy. First Annual             Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

1989    Chair, session on Human Behavioral Ecology. First Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution                         Society, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

1989    Discussant. Symposium on Diachronic Anthropology and Processes of Culture Change over Time and             Space. 88th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.

1990    Protection and Abuse of Young in Animals and Man. International School of Ethology, sponsored by the             Italian Ministries of Education and of University and Scientific Research, and the National Science             Foundation (USA), June 13-20, Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Sicily.

1990    Intensity of local resource competition shapes the relationship between maternal rank and sex ratios, by             Carel van Schaik and S. B. Hrdy. Abstract. American Journal of Primatology 20:240.

1991    Cultural and ecological influences on the distribution of resources at death, by Debra S. Judge and S. B.             Hrdy. Abstracts for Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Meeting, McMaster University,                         Hamilton, Ontario.

1992    Intergenerational transfer. Conference on Biology and Economics, April 24-26, Santa Fe Institute.

1992    The Evolution of the Meaning of Sexual Intercourse, University "La Sapienza." Sponsored by the Ford             Foundation and the Italian Government, October 19-21, Rome.

1992    Panelist. Tanner Lecture in Human Values. University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

1992    Discussant. Symposium on the Functional and Adaptive Significance of Sexual Advertisements. XIVth             Congress of the International Primatological Society. Strasbourg, France, August 16-21.

1992    The absence of estrus in Homo sapiens. Invited address, annual meeting of the International Academy             of Sex Research, July 7-11, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

1993    Raising Darwin's consciousness. Lecture Series on Gender and Science, Princeton University, November             28, Princeton, NJ.

1993    Discussant. Symposium on Richard Posner's Sex and Reason. Sponsored by Gruter Institute for Law and             Behavioral Research, Stanford University School of Law, March 7.

1993    Presenter. Symposium on Living and Dying. Organized by Ernst Schaefer, Harvard College Class of 1968,             25th Reunion, Harvard University, June 9.

1995    Symposium on Menstruation, Menstrual Synchrony, and the Life Histories of Females, co-organized with             Beverly Strassmann.  Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research, Provincetown, MA,             September 20-24.

1995    Nobody's Children. Sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Association and the Wenner-Gren                         Foundation, September 28-30, University of Durham, England.

1995    Raising Darwin's consciousness: Female sexuality and the prehominid origins of patriarchy. Spencer             Lectures on Gender and Society, Oxford University, December 4, Oxford.

1996    Changing Images of Primate Society: The role of theory, method and gender. Wenner-Gren Conference,             June 15-23, Teresopolis, Brazil.

1996    Symposium on Neurobiology of Love, organized by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg and Sue Carter. August 28-31,             Wenner-Gren Center, Stockholm.

1998    Discussant. Symposium on Theory. Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IL.

1998    Discussant. Symposium on Humankind's Evolutionary Roots: Our Place in Nature, organized by Morris             Goodman. Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Field Museum, October             9-11, Chicago.

1999    When females mate with multiple mates: A comparative view. Symposium on Partible Paternity: Matings             with Multiple Males, organized by S. Beckerman and Paul Valentine. Annual Meeting of the American             Association for the Advancement of Science, Jan. 22, Anaheim.

1999    The optimal number of fathers in a variable world occupied by cads and dads.  Colloquium Series on             Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Reproductive Behavior, organized by P. Moller and D. Le Croy,             March 24, City University of New York.

1999    Wet nursing, daycare and debates over "mother love": What they do and don't tell us about maternal             nature. October 5, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Harvard Museum of                         Anthropology, Harvard University. (Also given at American Museum of Natural History; Princeton;                         Washington State University; Sacramento City College, and Zero to Three).

2001    Visiting Professor. Workshop in Evolutionary Ecology, University of Western Australia, Perth.

2001    Mother love and ambivalence: Reconciling historical and evolutionary perspectives and cooperation,             empathy and the needs of human infants. Annual Tanner Lectures on Human Values, February 27 and             28,University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

2001    How maternal instincts shaped the human species. E. N. Thomson Forum on World Issues, March 5,             Lincoln, NE.

2001    How sociobiology helps us understand the nature of mothers. University of Mainz, June 18, Mainz,             Germany.

2001    Maternal love and ambivalence in the Pleistocene, the 18th century, and right now. Oregon Humanities             Center, November 16, Eugene.

2002    Humans as cooperative breeders: An evolutionary and comparative perspective. Workshop on                         Hunter-Gatherer Childhood, organized by Barry Hewlett and Michael Lamb. Conference on Hunting and             Gathering Societies. September 7-13, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

2002    Humans as cooperative breeders with an ace in the hole. Conference on Grandmothers: The                         Psychological, Social, and Reproductive Significance of the Second Half of Life, organized by Eckart             Voland. Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, September 19-21, Delmenhorst, Germany.

2003    Dahlem Workshop on Attachment and Bonding. September 28-October 3, Berlin.

2003    Conversation with Joan Raphael-Leff on Maternal Ambivalence, British Psychoanalytic Society, July             15, London.

2003    Mother love and ambivalence in the Pleistocene, the 18th century, and now. Carl Friedrich Von Siemens             Foundation, October 14, Munich.

2003    Rethinking the origins of the human family. November 13, UC Davis Emeriti Association.

2005   Evolutionary context of development. Rethinking Child Development Conference, October 7, UC Berkeley.

2005    Old biologies/new technologies: 21st century motherhood conference. October 20-22, University of             Houston.

2006    The evolutionary context of development. Symposium on Shared Subjectivities in Brain, Mind and             Psychopathology, sponsored by Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, in collaboration             with the Tavistock Clinic, London. October 14, Harvard University.

2008    Workshop on History and Deep Time, organized by Daniel Smail and Andrew Shyrock. Radcliffe Institute             of Advanced Study, January 11-12.

2009    Discussant, Third Annual International Conference on Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and                         Nonviolence and Peace, Barbara and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights                         Advocacy. The Evolution of Human Aggression, February 25-27, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2009    Darwin and the Ascent of Emotionally Modern Man. Lecture presented at the Darwinfest, Arizona State             University, April 29, Tempe; also presented for the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation at the California Academy             of Sciences, May 19, San Francisco.

2009    Darwin and the Ascent of Man: Why humans are such hypersocial apes. Lecture presented at the                         Darwin Celebration, University of Cambridge, England, July 7. [Video]

2009    CRASSH Seminar (long version of the Darwin talk) at Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproductive Forum,             Cambridge, England, July 10.

2009    Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA), July 16.

2009    Lecture presented at Charles Darwin Symposium: Shaping our Science, Society and Future, Charles             Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, September 23.

2009    Mothers and Others: The origin of emotionally modern humans. Public Lecture, Harvard University             Museums, Cambridge, MA, November 18.

2009    Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program. New York City, November 30.

2010    Mothers and Others: How humans became such hyper-social apes. San Antonio, March 8.

2010    Tinbergen Lecture: Tinbergen and the Psychological Implications of Humankind's Deep History of             Cooperative Child-rearing,  Leiden, The Netherlands, Nov. 12. [PDF]

2010    Westermarck Society Memorial Lecture: How humans evolved to be such prosocial apes, capable of             entertaining Westermarck's "Moral Ideas", Helsinki, Finland Nov. 18.

2010    Public lecture TBA, at CARTA symposium on Altruism: The role of social selection. University of                         California-San Diego and Salk Institute, San Diego, California, Dec. 10.

2011    Convocation. Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina, March 29.

2011    The Origins of Emotionally Modern Humans. A.D. White Public Lecture, Cornell University, October 17.

2011    Why paternal commitment is so variale in humans. Family and Children's Services, Ithaca, New York,            October 18.

2011    How did humans become such other-regarding apes? Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University,             Ithaca, New York, October 21.

2011    Evolutionary Infancy and the Human Story. Esalen Conference on the New Human Story, December 4-9.

2013    Interview of Professor Jared Diamond, Kentucky Author Forum. Available online.

2013    Speaker, Patten Lectures, Indiana University, April 1-5.  Available online.

2013    Ipsen Conference, Paris, France, April 22.

2013    The Emergence of "Emotionally Modern" Humans, University of Aukland General Library, Theatre B15,             October 29.  Lecture Description.

2013    VUW Symposium on the Science of Intimate Relationships, Victoria University of Wellington, October 31.

2014    Born Human: How the (almost) utterly dependent survive.  For CARTA Symposium "Birth to                         Grandmotherhood: Childrearing in Human Evolution", Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas, UC             San Diego, February 21.  For in press paper "Development Plus Social Selection in the Evolution of             'Emotionally Modern' Humans" on which lecture was based, click here.

2018    Comments on Symposium on "Causes, Contexts and Consequences of Human Sexual Dimorphism"             organized by Holly Dunsworth and Cara Wall-Sheffler at annual meeting of American Association of             Physical Anthropology in Austin, Texas on April 12. [PDF]


Departmental Seminars (selected)

1973    Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge   

1975    Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge   

1976    Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge

1976    Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

1977    Institute for Animal Behavior, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

1977    Department of Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC

1977    Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle

1977    Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

1979    Department of Anthropology, Delhi University, New Delhi, India

1980   Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston

1981    Departments of Psychology & Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

1981    Department of Biology, Rice University, Houston

1982    Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

1983    Department of Women's Studies, Dartmouth, Hanover NH

1983    Department of Women's Studies, Hunter College, New York City

1983    Family Violence Research Seminar, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston

1985    Primate Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1986    Department of Psychology and Area Studies Program, University of Texas at Arlington

1986    Department of Anthropology, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

1986    Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis Medical School

1992    Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

2001    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthroplogy

2001    University of Southern Califonia, Los Angeles

2001    University of Oregon, Eugene

2003    Brandeis University, Boston

2009    Seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2009

2009    Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, October 8, 2009

2010    Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich. Mothers and Others: What does it mean to develop and             evolve as a cooperatively breeding ape? Zurich, Switzerland, Nov. 15, 2010

2010    University of California-San Diego Anthropology Department Seminar, 3-5 p.m. Mothers and Others:             What does it mean to develop and evolve as a cooperatively breeding ape? San Diego, California, Dec.13

2011    Psychology Department, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California


Editorial Service

1980-1998   Consulting Editor, American Journal of Primatology

1984-1990   Advisory Board, Primates (Japan)

1984-1991   Editorial Board, Cultural Anthropology

1985-1996   Series editor, Foundations of Human Behavior, Aldine, Hawthorne, NY.

1989            Associate Editor, Human Nature

1991-1995   Advisory Editorial Board, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

1991            Associate Editor, Evolutionary Anthropology

2000-2002  Editorial Advisor, Encyclopedia of Evolution. Mark Pagel, editor-in-chief. Oxford

                    University Press. (named Outstanding Reference Book of the Year, 2002, by

                    American Library Association)


Public and Professional Service

1981-1982   Incorporator, Harvard Magazine

1984            Trustee, St. Timothy's School, Stevenson, MD

1982-1985   Director, Harvard Magazine

1985-1987   Advisory Committee, Women's Resources and Research Center, UC Davis

1989-1995   Visiting Committee, Peabody Museum, Harvard University

1989-1991   Board of Directors, The Digit Fund

1989-1990   Regional Council, Davis Science Center

1991            Advisory Council, National Institutes of the Environment

1994-1997   Board of Directors, Committee for National Institutes of the Environment

1995-1997   Membership Committee for Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology.

                    American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1995-1999   Executive Council, Human Behavior and Evolution Society

2000-2006   Dean's Council, Harvard University

2001-2004   Committee on Human Rights, National Academy of Sciences

2008-2013   Executive Council, Human Behavior and Evolution Society