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Monique Borgerhoff Mulder

Professor of Anthropology


218 Young Hall


1986 PhD Northwestern University Anthropology
1975 MA University of Edinburgh Social Anthropology

Research Interests:

I apply evolutionary theory to human social behaviour, working in areas of life history theory, sexual selection, ineauality and the cooperation over management of natural resources. My area of geographic specialization is East Africa.


National Geographic Society (With Emily Fitzherbert and T.M. Caro, 2012-2013, $25,000). “Sukuma
NSF IBSS-Ex. “The Nature of Wealth, Wealth Inequality, and the Polygyny Paradox”. (With Sam Bowles and Rob Boyd)
National Geographic Society. “Sukuma lion killing in western Tanzania". (With Emily Fitzherbert and T.M. Caro)

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:

Population Biology  

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS:

Graduate Group in Ecology  


Last updated 10/26/2013
Seel, S. J., Mgawe, P., Caro T. and M. Borgerhoff Mulder (2012). The History and Traditions of the Pimbwe. Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers

Brooks, J.S., Waylen, K.A., and M. Borgerhoff Mulder (2012). How national context, project design, and local community characteristics influence success in community-bases conservation projects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109:21265-70.

Borgerhoff Mulder, M., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, et al. (2009). The Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth and the Dynamics of Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies. Science 326: 682-88.

Brown, G. R., K. N. Laland, and M. Borgerhoff Mulder. (2009). Bateman’s principles and human sex roles. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24(6):297-304

Borgerhoff Mulder, M. & Coppolillo, P. (2005). Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics and Culture. Princeton University Press.

Field Sites:

Rukwa Region (Tanzania)
Kericho District, Kenya
Arusha Region, Tanzania

Teaching Interests:

My teaching at the undergraduate level has three foci: human ecology, human family, and the links between indigenous communities and environmental conservation. At the graduate level, I focus on human behavioral ecology


ANT 101 Principles in Human Ecology Winter
ANT 103 Conservation and People Spring
ANT 227 Behavioral Ecology and Anthropology Spring