About Me


I am an anthropologist interested in reproductive decision making. Through my work I question sexual stereotypes and generalizations about human behavioral universals.

My primary interest is in disentangling individual and contextual variables that impact reproductive behavior and associated health outcomes.  In particular, I look to how community composition affects patterns of family formation and violence.

Research questions include, how does partner availability influence relationship stability, male investment, and sexual risk taking? Does an excess of men result in greater social instability?

My fieldsite is in southwestern Guyana among the Makushi.  I use a combination of surveys and ethnographic methods to assess the effects of economic migration on partner choice preferences, relationship styles, parental investment and social norms driving expectations of men and women within a relationship.

Recent research collaborations, a bit closer to home, focus on the evolution of monogamy in our lineage, the use of U.S. data to evaluate patterns of marriage and family formation, and the cross-cultural patterning of violence in response to sex ratio imbalance.

Keywords: human behavioral ecology, reproductive health, family formation, risk-taking, parental investment, violence, sex ratio