Yanomamö fieldwork 1987
I received my doctorate in anthropology from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1978. Most of my research is on native peoples of the Venezuelan Amazon (Yanomamö & Ye'kwana) with funding from the NSF, LSB Leakey Foundation, and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. My research interests are in behavioral ecology, food & labor exchange, human ecology, marriage, kin and parental investment, and Amazonia. I regularly teach courses on social structure, contentious issues in anthropology, warfare, and introductory cultural anthropology. I am also president of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society of the American Anthropological Association, consulting editor for Human Nature, and serve as treasurer of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.
Select and Recent Publications
- "Diversity in Human Behavioral Ecology". Human Nature 25 (4) (2014)
- "Kin Selection" In David Buss, ed., The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. John Wiley & Sons: NY (in press)
- "The “female fertility–social stratification–hypergyny” hypothesis of male homosexual preference: factual, conceptual and methodological errors in Barthes et al. [Commentary]." Evolution and Human Behavior 35(5): 445-447. VanderLaan, D. P.Doug; Zachary H Garfield; Melissa J Garfield; Jean-Baptiste Leca; Paul L Vasey; Raymond B Hames (2014).
- Direct and Indirect Behavior Observations. (with Michael Paolisso, 2nd author). In R. Bernard and C. Gravlee, eds. "The Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology", Pp. 293-313, 2nd Ed., Rowland & Littlefield: Lanham. (2014).
- A life history perspective on skin cancer and the evolution of skin pigmentation. Daniel Osborne and Raymond Hames. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2014)
- A survey of non-classical polyandry. Katie Starkweather and Raymond Hames. Human Nature (2012) 23:149–17
- "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. PNAS (letter to editor) (2012)
- "Anthropological Data Regarding the Adaptiveness of Hebephilia" (Raymond Hames and Ray Blanchard) Archives of Sexual Behavior, (2012) Volume 41, Number 4, Pages 745-74
- "Statement on the Publication of Alice Dreger's Investigation, Darkness's Descent on the American Anthropological Association: A Cautionary Tale". (Jane Lancaster & Raymond Hames) Human Nature 22:222-223 (2011)
- 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) - go to page 26.
- Meal Sharing among the Ye'kwana (With Carl McCabe) Human Nature 18 (1):1-22 (2007)
- The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate Annual Review of Anthropology 36 (2007)
- 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 Nexus of Yanomamö Growth, Health, and Demography
In Lost Paradises and the Ethics of Research and Publication
F. Salzano and A. Hurtado, eds. Oxford University Press. Pp. 110-146. (With Jennifer Kuzara) (2004)
- 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)
- Parental Investment and Child Health in a Yanomamö Village Suffering Short-term Food Stress. Edward H. Hagen Raymond B. Hames, Nathan M. Craig, Matthew T. Lauer, Michael E. Price, Journal of Biosocial Sciences (2001)
- Birth Order, Sibling Investment, and Fertility among the Ju/'hoansi (!Kung), (Patricia Draper, first author) Human Nature Vol. 11, No. 2: 117-156 (2000)