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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, ethnographic science, East Africa

My research focuses on relations among environmental risk, life history, and cultural and psychological factors associated with risk. I relocated my field research to East Africa in 2011 where I am working on a study of household and individual responses to environmental shocks in Ethiopia. I am also co-PI on a NSF funded study of the ecological and socioeconomic factors in antibiotic resistance among agro-pastoralists in Northern Tanzania. I am very interested in helping to develop research capacity in African universities.  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.


I encourage prospective graduate students interested in PhD study in risk, resilience, and East African socioecology to contact me about research opportunities at WSU.


Publications & PDFs         CV       

      Representative Publications

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

(under review) Quinlan, R., Dira, S.J., Caudell, M. Quinlan, M.

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

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