Christopher von Rueden

Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. He studies social status in small-scale human societies. His research investigates (1) how status is acquired over the life-course, (2) the reproductive and health consequences of status, (3) how men vs. women pursue status, and (4) the effects of socio-ecological change on status inequality. His empirical work focuses on the Tsimane forager-horticulturalists of Bolivia. Additional research foci of his includes the evolution of personality, father effects on child well-being, and leadership and its role in collective action in small-scale societies.

Recent Posts

November 7, 2016 in Biology, Gender, Politics

The Conversation About Trump Should Consider the Evolution of Men’s Political Psychology

Evolutionary psychologists find that people prefer political leaders who are physically dominant when they believe their group faces an existential threat.
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