Raymond Hames

Dr. Raymond B. Hames

Ph.D. University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), 1978

Professor of Anthropology

Personal Website: http://www.unl.edu/rhames

Office: 836 Oldfather Hall
Email: rhames@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-6240
Fax: (402) 472-9642


Cultural Anthropology

Major Research Interests:

Behavioral ecology, economic exchange, time allocation

Dr. Raymond Hames conducted his initial field work 1975-1976 among the Ye'kwana and Yanomamö Indians of Venezuela aspart of a Penn State-based research team investigating political evolution and ecology among the Yanomamö. He also spent 6 weeks in 1980 doing ethnographic reconnaissance on foragers in southeastern Paraguay. In 1985 he returned to Venezuela to continue research on the Yanomamö where he completed four winters of further field research (1985-1988) focusing on parental investment, the exchange of goods and services, and social interaction in relation to kinship. His most recent Yanomamö field research occurred in the summer of 1998 under the sponsorship of the LSB Leakey Foundation. His main interests are in human and behavioral ecology, economics, time allocation, and behavioral interaction from an evolutionary biological perspective.

In recent years he has held a variety of administrative posts including associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, one year (1992-93) as director of the Cultural Anthropology Program at NSF, and he was chair of the Department of Anthropology from 1989-1992 and 1993-1996. He plans to return to field research among the Yanomamö to investigate the biogeographical dimensions of highland and lowland Yanomamö adaptations.

Recent and Representative Publications:

Women's work, child care and helpers at the nest in a hunter-gatherer society. (With Patricia Draper) Human Nature, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 319-341 (2004)
Growth rates and life histories in 22 small-scale societies (Robert Walker senior author with 12 co-authors!) American Journal of Human Biology 18:295-311 (2006)
The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate Annual Review of Anthropology 36: 177-194 (2007)
Meal Sharing among the Ye'kwana (Raymond Hames and Carl McCabe). Human Nature 18 (1):1-22 (2007)
The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate Annual Review of Anthropology 36 (2007)
Paolisso, M. and R. Hames "Methods for the Systematic Study of Human Behavior, Field Methods (2010)
“Production Decisions and Time Allocation”.  In Society and Environment: Methods and Research Design.  Vaccaro, Ismael , Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani (eds.)  Cambridge University Press. (2010)
Grandparental transfers and kin selection”.
 Invited and reviewed commentary on D. Coall and R. Hertwig “Grandparental Investment: Past, Present, and Future”.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010)
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"Statement on the Publication of Alice Dreger’s Investigation, Darkness’s Descent on the American Anthropological Association: A Cautionary Tale".  Human Nature 22 (1) (2011)
"Anthropological Data Regarding the Adaptiveness of Hebephilia". Archives of Sexual Behavior 41:745-747. (Letter to the editor with Ray Blanchard second author) (2012).
A survey of non-classical polyandry.  Katie Starkweather and Raymond Hames.  Human Nature, 23:149-172. (2012)
"Sex differences in spatial abilities: Methodological problems in Hoffman et al."  Drew H. Bailey, Richard A. Lippa, Marco Del Giudice, Raymond Hames, & David C. Geary. Sex differences in spatial abilities: Methodological problems in Hoffman et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:E583. (Letter to the editor). (2012)
Direct and Indirect Behavior Observations.  In R. Bernard and C. Gravlee, eds. "The Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology", 3rd Ed., Altimira Press: New York. (in press)

Courses Taught:

Advanced Current Topics: Contentious Issues in Anthropology (488/888) [course website]
Anthropology 212: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology [course website]
Anthropology 353: The Anthropology of War [course website]

Professional Associations

American Anthropological Association (member)
Section of the AAA: Evolutionary Anthropology Society (President Elect)
Human Behavior and Evolution Society (Treasurer)