Robert Boyd (anthropologist)

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Robert Boyd (born February 11, 1948) is an American anthropologist. He is Professor of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research interests include evolutionary psychology and in particular the evolutionary roots of culture. Together with Joan B. Silk, he wrote the textbook How Humans Evolved.


Boyd was born in San Francisco. He studied physics at the University of California, San Diego (B.A., 1970). In 1975 he completed a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of California, Davis. From 1980 to 1984, he was Assistant Professor of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science at Duke University. Afterwards, he taught two years in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. From 1988 to 2012, Boyd was on the faculty of the UCLA Department of Anthropology.

Boyd is currently a Professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.


  • Robert Boyd & Peter J. Richerson: Culture and the Evolutionary Process. University Of Chicago Press, 1985. ISBN 0226069338.
  • Robert Boyd & Joan B. Silk: How Humans Evolved. W. W. Norton, 1996. Fünfte Auflage 2008. ISBN 0393932710.
  • Peter J. Richerson & Robert Boyd: Not by Genes Alone: How culture transformed human evolution. University of Chicago Press, 2005. ISBN 0226712125.
  • Robert Boyd & Peter J. Richerson: The Origin and Evolution of Cultures. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 019518145X.
  • Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, Herbert Gintis (eds.): The Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic experiments and ethnographic evidence from fifteen small-scale societies. Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0199262047.
  • Herbert Gintis, Samuel Bowles, Ernst Fehr, Robert Boyd (eds.): Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: The foundations of cooperation in economic life. MIT Press, 2004. ISBN 0262572370.

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