He has received two medals for one of his specialties, cross-cultural studies. He was also Past President of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (2000) and is the current president again (2009).
He also co-authored the book (with James Joseph) "I Lived Inside The Campus Revolution." (1970) Cowles Book Co, New York, and authored "Matrilocal Residence In Pre-Literate Societies." (1984) Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press. He has also authored over 25 publications in scientific journals.
He has conducted fieldwork in La Gomera, Canary Islands (1973–76), and in the Republic of Moldova (Eastern Europe) (2005–Present).
Select publications 
Vadim Moldovan, Ph.D., William Divale, Ph.D., Constantin Turcan, M.D., Anatol Carpa, M.D., Anatol Nacu, PhD./M.D., Alexander Socrovisciuc, M.D., Vladimir Sterpu, M.D./Ph.D., Virginia Fauras, M.D., Vadim Aftene, M.D., Daniel Paladiciuc, M.D., Ludmila Petrova, M.D., Maria Victoria Cardona-Divale, M.A., E. Ed. (2008) Services for the Chronically Mentally Ill in Moldova: A Struggle to Survive. The International Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 36, No. 4. 46-56
Sonjia Kenya, Robert Fullilove, John Allegrante, William Divale, and Mitchell Brodsky 2003 Effects of Immigration on Select Risk Behaviors of Black College Students. Journal of American College Health 52(3): 113-120
Julie Ann Kishna and William Divale 2001 Internet Survey on the Effects of Immigration and Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Intake of Guyanese. World Cultures 12(2):153-178
Divale, William 2001 Codes on Highest Number Counted for the Standard Sample. World Cultures, 12(1):98-103
Divale, William and Albert Seda 2000 Modernization as Changes in Cultural Complexity: New Cross-Cultural Measurements. Journal of Cross-Cultural Research. Vol. 34(3).
2000 Cross-Cultural Codes on Modernization. World Cultures 11(2): 152-170
Wm. Divale 1999 Climatic Instability, Food Storage, and the Development of Numerical Counting: A Cross-Cultural Study. Journal of Cross-Cultural Research. 33(4),341-368
Wm. Divale and Albert Seda. 1999 Codes on Gossip for Societies in the Standard Sample. World Cultures: Journal of Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research. Vol 10(1):7-22.
Wm. Divale, Noelle Abrams, Jennifer Barzola, Estelle Harris, and Fred-Michael Henry. 1998 Sleeping Arrangements of Children and Adolescents: SCCS Sample Codes. World Cultures: Journal of Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research. World Cultures 9, 3-12.
Wm. Divale and Stanley R. Witkowski 1996 Kin Groups, Residence, and Descent. In Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology. 3:673-679. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
Wm. Divale 1995 Cold Symptoms and Emotional Dissatisfaction Among Rural/Urban and Culturally Diverse High School Students. Journal Of Cross-Cultural Research. 29(1):27-42.
1984 Matrilocal Residence In Pre-Literate Societies. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press.
Wm. Divale and Marvin Harris 1978 The Male Supremacist Complex: Discovery of a Cultural Invention. American Anthropologist 80(3):668-671.
Wm. Divale, Marvin Harris, and Donald T. Williams 1978 On the Mis-Use of Statistics: A Reply to Hirschfield et al. American Anthropologist 80(2):379-386.
R. Rohner, R. Naroll, H. Barry, Wm. Divale et al. 1978 Guidelines for Holocultural Research. Current Anthropology 19(1):128-129.
Wm. Divale and Marvin Harris 1978 Reply to Lancaster and Lancaster. American Anthropologist 80(1):117-118.
Wm. Divale and Clifford Zipin 1977 Hunting and the Development of Sign Language: A Cross-Cultural Test. Journal of Anthropological Research 33(2):185-201.
Wm. Divale 1977 Living Floor Area and Marital Residence: A Replication. Behavior Science Research 12:109-115.
1977 From Correlations to Causes: A New and Simple Method for Causal Analysis in Cross-Cultural Research. Annals Of The New York Academy Of Sciences vol.285:66-74. Volume titled: "Issues in Cross-Cultural Research," Leonore Loeb Adler, ed.
1977 A Cross-Cultural Test of Stratification versus Alliance Theory. Current Anthropology 18:451-453.
1976 Female Status and Cultural Evolution: A Study in Ethnographer Bias. Behavior Science Research 11:169-211.
Wm. Divale and Marvin Harris 1976 Population, Warfare, and the Male Supremacist Complex. American Anthropologist 78:521-538.
Wm. Divale 1976 Newspapers: Some Guidelines for Communicating Anthropology. Human Organization 35:183-191.
Raoul Naroll and Wm. Divale 1976 Natural Selection in Cultural Evolution: Warfare versus Peaceful Diffusion. American Ethnologist 3:97-128.
Wm. Divale, F. Chamberis, and D. Gangloff 1976 War, Peace and Marital Residence in Pre-Industrial Societies. Journal Of Conflict Resolution 20:57-78.
Wm. Divale 1976 Using Date of European Contact for Time-Lagged Variables in Cross-Cultural Surveys. Behavior Science Research 11:30-55. HRAF Cross-Cultural Research Award, 1975.
1975 An Explanation for Matrilocal Residence. In, Being Female: Reproduction, Power, and Change. Dana Raphael, ed. The Hague: Mouton, pp. 99–108.
1975 Temporal Focus and Random Error in Cross-Cultural Hypothesis Tests. Behavior Science Research 10:19-36
1975 The Causes Of Matrilocal Residence: A Cross-Ethnohistorical Survey. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, No. 75-7742. Abstracted in Dissertation Abstracts International 35(10):6286-6287.
1974 Migration, External Warfare, and Matrilocal Residence. Behavior Science Research 9:75-133.
1973 Warfare In Primitive Societies: A Bibliography. Santa Barbara and Oxford: ABC-ClioPress. 2nd Revised Edition.
1973 The Cognatic-Affinal Paradox in the Egyptian Myth of Osiris: A Critical Application of the Structural Method. New York Folklore Quarterly 29:287-303.
1973 Science in the News. Saturday Review Of Literature (Sciences) 1(2):56.
1972 Systemic Population Control in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: Inferences Based on Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers. World Archaeology 4:222-243.
1972 Some Guidelines for Disseminating Anthropology Through Newspapers. Media Anthropologist 1(2):1-2.
1971 Science-Writers and Science Reporting. California Anthropologist 1(2):47-60. California State University at Los Angeles.
1971 Ibo Population Control: The Ecology of Warfare and Social Organization. California Anthropologist 1(1):10-24. California State University at Los Angeles.
1971 Warfare In Primitive Societies: A Selected Bibliography. Los Angeles: Center for the Study of Armament and Disarmament.
1970 An Explanation for Primitive Warfare: Population Control and the Significance of Primitive Sex Ratios. New Scholar 2:172-193.