Jerome H. Barkow

Jerome Barkow

Jerome H. Barkow, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University, Canada, and Honorary Professor in the Institute for Cognition and Culture, School of History and Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in evolution and human nature and in cultural transmission. Dr. Barkow has conducted field research in West Africa, Nova Scotia, and Indonesia.

His publications span more than 48 years and cover topics ranging from the influence of Islam on Nigerian women, to advice for SETI about what kinds of intelligence are possible in the light of evolutionary biology, to an analysis of the topics we gossip about, to why the Bugis of Indonesia know more about cuisine than child nutrition.

Dr. Barkow’s current projects include co-editing (with Lance Workman and Will Reader) the Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behavior. The connecting theme of his publications is that our evolved psychology is the infrastructure of society and culture.