Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America (forthcoming from Princeton University Press).
2010 Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press).
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]
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 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]
October 2017, Frankenstein at 200, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, "Frankenstein and the Scientific Self."
October 2017, Ideas in Print: Journalistic Forms in Intellectual History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, "A Colloquial History of Cold War Human Nature."
July 2017, International Congress of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, “The Stigmata of Ancestry: Reinvigorating the Conflict Thesis in the American 1970s,” Session: Revisiting the “Complexity Thesis” Between Science and Religion.
May 2017, Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Creatures of Cain: Human Nature and the Politics of Violence."
March 2017, Science, 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."
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 World—and 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]