Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1983
M.A., Manchester University, 1977
M.Sc. Manchester University, 1973
B.Sc., Manchester University, 1971
My particular research interests are the anthropology of war, cultural ecology, and political evolution, though I confess to being a closet generalist. My area interests are contact-era Polynesia and Melanesia; I have conducted over two years fieldwork amongst the Yangoru Boiken of the East Sepik, Papua New Guinea and have made a brief research trip to the Mountain Arapesh. My current research projects are: The hunters and gatherers of New Guinea; The anthropology of war in Sepik and Highland New Guinea; and the emergence of political complexity in New Guinea. Recently, I have been researching the human dimensions of climate change. I am particularly interested in how anthropological research can improve the models of human systems currently being used in predicting, mitigating, and adaptating to climate change.
2012 with David M. Carballo and Gary M. Feinman, " Cooperation and Collective Action in the Cultural Evolution of Complex Societies." Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. DOI 10.1007/s10816-012-9147-2.
2012 "Before Elites: The Political Capacities of Big-Men." In Before Elites: Alternatives to Hierarchical Systems in Modelling Social Formations, Vol.1, Tobias L. Kienlein and Andreas Zimmerman, eds. Pp.41-54. Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie, Volume 215. Bonn: Rudolp Habelt. Article pdf
2011"Dead Birds: The 'Theater' of War among the Dugum Dani." American Anthropologist 113 56-70. Article pdf
2011 "The Abelam 'Invasion' and the Rise of Ilahita Revisted." In Echoes of the Tambaran, David Lipset and Paul Roscoe, eds. The Australian National University, pp.25-43. Article pdf
2010 "War, Community, and Environment in the Levantine Neolithic." Neo-Lithics 1(10): 66-67.
2009 with Ulrike Claas, "A Journey up the Sepik River in 1887." Journal of Pacific History 44:333-343
2009 "On the 'Pacification' of the European Neolithic: Ethnographic Analogy and the Neglect of History." World Archaeology 41:578-588.
2009 "Social signaling and the Organization of Small-scale Society: The Case of Contact-era New Guinea." Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 16:69-116.
2009 with Ulrike Claas, "Hot Air and the Colonialist 'Other'." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 15:131-150
2008 "Catastrophe and the Emergence of Political Complexity: Some Models from Social Anthropology". In Climate and Catastrophe, Jeffrey Quilter and Daniel Sandweiss, eds. Pp.77-100. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks.
2008 "A New Guinea Culture-Bound Syndrome Revisited: Vayda, Humility, and Monological Authority in Anthropology." In: Against the Tides: The Vayda Tradition in Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology. Bradley Walters, Bonnie J. McCay, Paige West, and Susan Lees, eds. Pp.145-158. Lantham, MD: Lexington Books.
2008 "Settlement Fortification in Village and 'Tribal' Society: Evidence from Contact-era New Guinea." Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 27:507-519.
2007 "Intelligence, Coalitional Killing, and the Antecedents of War." American Anthropologist 109:485-495.
2006 with Laurie Bragge and Ulrike Claas, "On the Edge of Empire: Military Brokerage in the Sepik Tribal Zone." American Ethnologist 33:100-113.
2006 "Fish, Game, and the Foundations of Complexity in Forager Society: The Evidence from New Guinea." Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science. 40:29-46.
2005 "Foraging, Ethnographic Analogy, and Papuan Pasts." In Papuan Pasts: Cultural, Linguistic, and Biological Histories of Papuan-speaking Peoples. Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Jack Golson, and Robin Hide, eds. Pp.555-584. Pacific Linguistics, Vol. 572. Canberra, Australia: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
2004 with Borut Telban, "The People of the Lower Arafundi: Tropical Foragers of the New Guinea Rainforest." Ethnology 43:93-115.
2003 "Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune, and Mountain Arapesh Warfare." American Anthropologist, 105:581-591.
2002 "The Hunters and Gatherers of New Guinea." Current Anthropology 43:153-162.
2000 "New Guinea Leadership as Ethnographic Analogy." Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 7(2):79-126.
2000 "Costs, Benefits, Typologies, and Power: The Evolution of Political Hierarchy." In Michael Diehl (ed.), Hierarchies in Action: Cui Bono?. Pp.113-133. Center for Archaeological Research, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale.
1996 "War and Society in Sepik New Guinea." The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2:645-666.
1995 "Familiar Partners? The Mountain Arapesh and the Westermarck Effect." The Journal of Anthropological Research 51:347-362.
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Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
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