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    Robert Quinlan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Evolutionary & Sociocultural Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

Washington State University


P.O. Box 644910

Pullman, WA 99164-4910 USA


Office: College Hall 219

Phone: 509-335-5400

Email: rquinlanATwsuDOTedu


Human behavioral and social ecology, ethnobiology, medical & psychological anthropology, collaborative ethnographic science, cross-cultural comparison, Caribbean, Africa, field and analytical methods. My main focus is on the role of environmental risk in shaping human development, livelihood, reproduction, household relations, and cultural diversity. I have an active program of cross-cultural comparative research. I helped develop a collaborative research project concerning environmental risk and resilience among small-scale farmers in Southwest Ethiopia. I am also involved in collaborative research concerning the evolution and transmission of antimicrobial resistance among agro-pastoralists in Tanzania.


      Representative Publications

Culture and Psychological Responses to Environmental Shocks: Cultural Ecology of Sidama Impulsivity and Niche Construction in SW Ethiopia

Quinlan, R., Dira, S.J., Caudell, M. Quinlan, M. (2016) Current Anthropology


Antimicrobial Use and Veterinary Care among Agro-Pastoralists in Northern Tanzania

Caudell, M., Quinlan, M., Subiah, M., Call, D., Roulette, C., Roulette, J., Roth, A., Matthews, L., Quinlan, R. (2017) PLoS ONE


Vulnerability and Resilience of Sidama Enset and Maize Farms in Southwestern Ethiopia

Quinlan, R., Quinlan, M. Dira, S., Caudell, M. Sooge, A., Amzye Assoma, A. (2015) Journal of Ethnobiology

Human Parental Effort and Environmental Risk.(pdf) 
(2007) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Evolutionary Ecology of Human Pair-bonds: Cross-cultural Tests of Alternative Hypotheses

Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. (2007) Cross-Cultural Research

Gender and Risk in a Matrifocal Caribbean Community: A View from Behavioral Ecology.(pdf) 

(2006) American Anthropologist.


Other Publications & PDFs


More of my recent work can be found on ResearchGate