Robert Quinlan, Ph.D.
Evolutionary & Sociocultural Anthropology
Washington State University
P.O. Box 644910
Pullman, WA 99164-4910 USA
Office: College Hall 219
Areas: Evolutionary & behavioral ecology, medical & psychological anthropology, ethnobiology, methods, cross-cultural analysis, East Africa
My research focuses on relations among environmental risk, human behavior, life history, and cultural and psychological factors associated with risky environments. After many years of research in the West Indies, I relocated my field research to East Africa in 2011 where I am engaged in a study of vulnerability and household responses to environmental perturbation in SW Ethiopia. I am also co-PI on a NSF funded study of the evolution of antibiotic resistance among agro-pastoralists in Northern Tanzania. I am very interested in developing research capacity in African Universities, and I have been involved with the development of the Social Anthropology Graduate Program at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. I regularly teach Human Issues in International Development; Quantitative Methods in Anthropology; History of Anthropological Thought; and graduate seminars on various topics in sociocultural anthropology and human behavioral ecology.
Potential graduate students interested in ecological and biocultural anthropology research in Africa are encouraged to contact me about graduate studies and fieldwork opportunities through WSU.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2012 Placek & Quinlan
Human Biology. 2012 Caudell & Quinlan
Human Nature. 2010
Human Parental Effort and Environmental Risk.(pdf)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2007
American Anthropologist. 2006