Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Borgerhoff Mulder, Monique
Location Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Primary Field Anthropology
Secondary Field Human Environmental Sciences
 Election Citation
Monique Borgerhoff Mulder works on projects relating to life history, inequality, natural resource management, and patterned cultural variation. ~
 Research Interests
Monique Borgerhoff Mulder was one of the first anthropologists to make empirical field-based tests of evolutionary hypotheses for variation in marriage and family systems. This work contributed an empirical basis to the emerging field of human behavioral ecology, with specific contributions to the understanding of polygynous marriage, parental investment, demographic transition and mate choice. Her focus has always been on exploring models for variability, both within and between different populations, with the objective of demonstrating that evolutionary explanations entail neither essentialism nor universality with respect to sex differences. In this way she seeks to dispel popular misunderstandings of an evolutionary approach when applied to human behaviour. She collaborates extensively with economists, biologists and conservation scientists extending evolutionary insights into the study of inequality and the emergence of institutions for the management of natural resources, and with modelers to explore the foundations of comparative methods in anthropology. In recent years she has focused increasingly on applied projects, working with East African NGOs and scholars. ~ ~

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