Yale University Department of Anthropology

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Brian M. Wood

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2010

10 Sachem Street, Room 216
Tel: (203) 432-7585
Fax: (203) 432-3669

Professor Wood’s research focuses on basic social and economic problems that arise from life as a hunter-gatherer. His ongoing research with Hadza hunter-gatherers of northern Tanzania investigates the demographic, ecological, and social processes that guide Hadza in their choices of who they live with, how they acquire and share foods, and the consequences of different residential arrangements. He is especially interested in the evolution of paternal provisioning, and the role that Hadza fathers play in the provisioning of their nuclear families and extended kin. He is also engaged in collaborative research projects focusing on the energetics of path-finding and foraging, the analysis of hunter-gatherer social networks, and studying the effects of information pooling on foraging decisions. He teaches classes on the topics of human ecology, hunter-gatherers, and demography.

Working with local health professionals and other concerned colleagues, Professor Wood has developed hadzafund.org to raise awareness about health challenges that the Hadza people face, and to address them in culturally appropriate ways.

Professor Wood received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis, and then went on to earn an M.S. in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obipso. He then received A.M and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from Harvard University.  Prior to his position at Yale, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Ecological Anthropology at Stanford University.

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