H. James Birx

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H. (Harry) James Birx (born June 1, 1941) is an American anthropologist.

Birx received his M.A. in anthropology and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and is now professor of anthropology at Canisius College, as well as Distinguished research Scholar in the SUNY Geneseo's Department of Anthropology. He has been a visiting professor at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, twice a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and has lectured at universities around the world. He received the 2003 Professional Achievement Award from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Birx has written eight books and edited six more, and is the editor of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2006). He is also the editor of the World Lecture Series in Anthropology.

In 2011, and in years before, he held a course "Human culture and evolution" at the Doctoral Program of the University of Belgrade.


  • Craniometry of the Orchid Site Ossuary Buffalo, Persimmon Press, 1991. ISBN 0-9615462-5-5
  • Interpreting Evolution Amherst, Prometheus Books, 1991. ISBN 0-87975-439-7
  • Science and Society, Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg, State University St. Petersburg, Russia, 2000
  • Advances in Evolution & Paleontology, University of Zaragoza, Spain, 2001. ISBN 84-8465-079-0
  • Values, Society & Evolution Auburn, Legend Books, 2002. ISBN 0-9657898-5-3


  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's Philosophy of Evolution, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1971. (author named as Birx, Harry James). 267 pages.

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