Publications

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Monographs

Under review, Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Postwar America.

2010   Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press).

           2010 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine (January 2011)

Edited Collections & Special Issues

2016  co-edited with Deborah Weinstein, "Science in the Public Eye," a special issue of Endeavour 40(4): 223-267, contributions by Erika Milam, Jason Oakes, Myrna Perez Sheldon, and Deborah Weinstein. [link]

2015  co-edited with Robert A. NyeScientific MasculinitiesOsiris vol. 30 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). [JSTOR: link]

2014  Focus Section: “The Peculiar Persistence of the Naturalistic Fallacy,” Isis 105(3), with papers by Warwick Anderson, Lorraine Daston, Brooke Holmes, Erika Milam, and Matthew Stanley. [open access JSTOR: link]

2012  co-edited with Michael Gordin, "Fifty Years of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42(5): 476-580 [link], featuring 20 short "Kuhnlets." Read our introduction here [.pdf].

 

Articles & Book Chapters

2016  "The Ascent of Man and the Politics of Humanity's Future," Endeavour 40(4): 225-237. [link]

2016  "Science of the Sexy Beast: Biological Masculinities and the Playboy Lifestyle," in Groovy Science: The Counterculture's Embrace of Science in the Long 1970s, ed. David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 270-302. [.pdf]

2015  co-authored with Robert A. Nye, "Introduction," in Scientific Masculinities, ed. Erika Lorraine Milam and Robert A. Nye, Osiris vol. 30 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 1-14. [link]

2015  "Men in Groups: Anthropology and Aggression, 1965-1975," in Scientific Masculinities, ed. Erika Lorraine Milam and Robert A. Nye, Osiris vol. 30 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 66-88. [link]

2015  "Myth 14: After Darwin, sexual selection was neglected for almost a century, until its resurrection by Robert Trivers," in Newton's Apple and Other Myths About Science, ed. Ronald Numbers and Kostas Kampourakis (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), 113-118, notes 246-249. [.pdf]

2014  “A Field Study of Con Games,” Isis 105(3): 596-605. [open access: link]

2013  “Dunking the Tarzanists: Elaine Morgan and the Aquatic Ape Theory,” in Outsider Scientists: Routes to Innovation in Biology, ed. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 223-247. [.pdf

2013  “Public Science of the Savage Mind: Contesting Cultural Anthropology in the Cold War Classroom,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences  49(3): 306-330. [link]

2012  “Making Males Aggressive and Females Coy: Gender Across the Animal-Human Boundary,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society  37(4): 935-959. [.pdf]

2011  “Object Lesson: Salmon, Gulls, and Baboons? Oh My,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 4(3): 361-367. [.pdf]

2010  “The Equally Wonderful Field: Ernst Mayr and Organismic Biology,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 40(3): 279-317. [.pdf]

2010  “Beauty and the Beast: Conceptualizing Sex in Evolutionary Narratives,” in Biology and Ideology--From Descartes to Dawkins, ed. Denis Alexander and Ronald Numbers (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 276-301. [.pdf]

2009  “‘The Experimental Animal from the Naturalist’s Point of View’: Evolution and Behavior at the AMNH, 1928-1954,” in Descended from Darwin: Insights into American Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970 , ed. Joe Cain and Michael Ruse (Philadelphia, PA: American Philosophical Society, Transactions, Volume 99, Part 1): 157-178. [.pdf]

 

Recent Papers Presented

March 2017Science, Technology, and Society Workshop, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, "Creatures of Cain: Violence and Human Nature in the Cold War."

December 2016, History Department Works-in-Progress, Princeton University, NJ, "Creatures of Cain: Rise and Fall of the Killer Ape Theory." 

November 2016History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, "Ascent or Descent? Post-WWII Attempts to Reconcile Progress and Aggression in Human Evolution." 

September 2016, Mechanisms of Mind Research Group, Pennsylvania State Univeristy, State College, PA, "Progress or Peril? American Scientists' Cold War Search for the Key to Human Aggression." 

June 2016, Historisches Oberseminar, Perspektiven der Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität München, Germany, "Evolutionary Theories of Sexuality." [link]

June 2016, Einstein Forum, Potsdam, Germany, "Creatures of Cain: Evolution, Aggression, and the Search for Human Nature." [link]

April 2016Dehumanization: New Approaches to Understanding the Politics of Human Nature, Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, "The Human Beast: The American Search for Human Nature During the Cold War."

March 2016Colloquium for Department of Ethnology, History of Religions, and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden, "Evolution and Sexuality at the Animal-Human Boundary."

January 2016Working Across Species: Comparative Practices in Modern Medical, Biological and Behavioural Sciences, Department of History, King's College London, "Models of Aggression: Gombe and the Politics of Animal Nature" (pre-circulated paper). 

January 2016, Colloquium for Dept. II: Ideals and Practices of Rationality, Max-Planck-Institüt für WIssenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany, "Fracturing Anthropology: Alpha Males and Gathering Females" (pre-circulated paper).

 

Recent Book Reviews

2017    "Idiosyncratic Desires," review of Richard O. Prum, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal Worldand Us (New York: Doubleday, 2017), Science 356(6341): 915. [link]

2015    "Understanding Our Origins," review of Ian Tattersall, The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: And Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Science 348(6239): 1098. [link]

2014    Review of Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen A. Rader, Adam Dodds, eds., Animals on Display: The Creaturely in Museums, Zoos, and Natural History (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013), Isis 105(4): 835-36. [link]

2014    Review of Sarah Richardson, Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), Journal of the History of Biology 47(2): 329-31. [link]

 

Other Media

2015    Histories of the Future, with Fred Gibbs and Joanna Radin. [link]

2013    “Elaine Morgan Obituary,” The Guardian  (July 29, 2013). [link]

2013   “Elaine Morgan and the Aquatic Ape,” guest blog post for Rebekah Higgitt and Vanessa Heggie's The H-Word, hosted by The Guardian  (May 13, 2013). [link]

2012    “Conference Report: Masculinities in Science / Sciences of Masculinity,” Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science newsletter (June 24, 2012). [link]

2011   “Appealing Choice,” The Scientist 25/1 (January 2011): 64. [link]

2010   Radio Interview, Midday with Dan Rodricks, 88.1 WYPR Baltimore (26 May 2010), 49 min.