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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

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.


Publications & PDFs         CV       

      Representative Publications

Adolescent Fertility and Risky Environments.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2012 Placek & Quinlan


Resource Availability, Mortality and Fertility: A Path Analytic Approach to Global Life History Variation.

Human Biology. 2012 Caudell & Quinlan

Extrinsic Mortality Effects on Reproductive Strategies in a Caribbean Community.

Human Nature. 2010

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

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

American Anthropologist. 2006