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2019   Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press).

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

  • translated into Slovak: Zopár Správnych Chlapov: Ženský výber v evolučnej biológii (Bratislava: Hadart Publishing, 2019).

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].

Public Humanities

2015  co-edited with Joanna Radin, designed by Fred GibbsHistories of the Future, a collaborative website [link]

Articles, Essays, & Book Chapters 

2019    “The Stigmata of Ancestry: Reinvigorating the Conflict Thesis in the American 1970s,” in Bernard Lightman, ed. Rethinking History, Science, and Religion: An Exploration of Conflict and the Complexity Principle (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press), 19-36, notes 244-50. [link]

2019    "Old Woman and the Sea: Evolution and the Feminine Aquatic,” in Amanda Rees and Iwan Rhys Morus, eds. Presenting Futures Past: Science Fiction and the History of Science, Osiris Vol. 34 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 198-215. [link]

2018    "Frankenstein and the Scientific Self," in Frankenstein at 200, ed. Corinna Treitel, The Common Reader 3(2): 23-35. [link]

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 PlayboyLifestyle," 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 Presentations

October 2019, Science & Technology Studies Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, “The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America.”

September 2019, Reconstructing the Past: Human History and the Naturalization of the Present, NYU-Paris, “The Inhumanity of Human Nature.”

September 2019, Popularizing Palaeontology: Cultural and Historical Perspectives, Workshop IV: Media, King’s College, London, UK, “A Colloquial History of Cold War Paleoanthropology.”

August 2019, Symposium on Critical Approaches to Science and Religion, Ohio University, Athens, OH, “Secular Grace in the Age of Environmentalism.”

July 2019, History of Science Society, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, “Animals as Evolutionary Models of Human Sexuality in the late-Twentieth Century.”

July 2019, International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, University of Oslo, Norway, “The Dehumanization of Humanity and Critiques of Biological Determinism.”

June 2019, International Society for Intellectual History, Annual Meeting: Revolutions & Evolutions in Intellectual History, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, Keynote: “The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America.”

June 2019, 2019 Darwin Workshop: Imagining the Darwinian Revolution: The Place of History in Science, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, “The Rise of Darwinian Literalism.”

April 2019, Scholarship Sewanee 25th Anniversary Speaker, Sewanee: University of the South, Sewanee, TN, “The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America.”

March 2019, History of Science Seminar, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, “The Evolution of Darwinian Sexualities.”

February 2019, Darwin Day Lecture, Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the Graduate Organization of Biology Students, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, “Darwin and the Politics of Human Nature.”

Recent Book Reviews

2018    "The Aesthetics of Evolution," review of Evelleen Richards, Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), Metascience 27(3): 389-394. [link

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

Other Media

2019    Podcast: Time to Eat the Dogs with Michael Robinson (8 April 2019). [link]

2019    Podcast: Q & A with Erika Milam, author of Creatures of Cain, with Valerie Thompson for Science (24 January 2019). [link]

2018    “The Hunt for Human Nature,” aeon.co (08 November 2018). [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]