Sarah Mathew
Sarah Mathew Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 2011


Courses will include Evolution of Human Behavior, Evolution of Cooperation, and Behavioral Ecology

Research Interests

I study the evolution of cooperation in humans and the role of culture in enabling it. I do this using formal models and field studies. I am particularly interested in how humans evolved to cooperate on extremely large scales that can include millions of people, and how this ties with the origins of norms, moral sentiments and prosocial preferences. I conduct fieldwork among the Turkana, an acephalous pastoral society in East Africa, examining how they solve the collective action problem in cattle raids, and how they sustain cooperation in various other domains of social life.

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