Christopher Boehm

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Christopher Boehm

Christopher Boehm (born 1931) is an American cultural anthropologist with a subspecialty in primatology, who researches conflict resolution, altruism, moral origins, and feuding and warfare. He is also the Director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at University of Southern California, a multi-media interactive database focusing on the social and moral behavior of world hunter gatherers.[1]


Boehm received his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1972, and was later trained in ethological field techniques (1983).

Field work[edit]

Boehm has done field work with Navajos, Montenegrin Serbs, and wild chimpanzees, focusing on questions of morality and evolution.


Boehm has won the Stirling Prize in Psychological Anthropology, and has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



  • Boehm, C. (2012). Moral Origins: Social Selection and the Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame. New York: Basic Books.
  • Boehm, C. (1999). Special Issue on Group Selection, for the journal Human Nature, 1999. (Christopher Boehm, Ed.).
  • Boehm, C. (1999). Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Boehm, C. (1998). Krvna Osveta u Crnoj Gori. Podgorica, Montenegro: CID, 1986 revised book translated into Serbian: Serbian title is Blood Revenge in Montenegro. Titograd.
  • Boehm, C. (1986). Blood Revenge: The Enactment and Management of Conflict in Montenegro and Other Tribal Societies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [1984 book reprinted with revisions and new title].
  • Boehm, C. (1984). Blood Revenge: The Anthropology of Feuding in Montenegro and Other Nonliterate Societies. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.
  • Boehm, C. (1983). Montenegrin Social Organization and Values: Political Ethnography of a Refuge Area Tribal Adaptation. New York: AMS Press.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Faculty Profile > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 2015-08-12.