Mankind Quarterly

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Not to be confused with the Australian anthropological journal The Australian Journal of Anthropology formerly known as "Mankind".
Mankind Quarterly  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Mank. Q.
Discipline Anthropology
Language English
Edited by Gerhard Meisenberg, Richard Lynn
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0025-2344
LCCN 63024971
OCLC no. 820324
Mankind Quarterly Monographs  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Mank. Q. Monogr.
Discipline Anthropology
Language English
Publication details
ISSN 0893-4649
LCCN sf89030002
OCLC no. 149980257

The Mankind Quarterly is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to physical and cultural anthropology and is published by the Ulster Institute for Social Research in London. It contains articles on human evolution, intelligence, ethnography, linguistics, mythology, archaeology, etc. The journal aims to unify anthropology with biology.

It has been called a "cornerstone of the scientific racism establishment" and a "white supremacist journal",[1] "scientific racism's keepers of the flame",[2] a journal with a "racist orientation" and an "infamous racist journal",[3] and "journal of 'scientific racism'".[4]


It was founded in 1961. The founders were Robert Gayre, Henry Garrett, Roger Pearson, Corrado Gini, Ottmar von Verschuer and Reginald Ruggles Gates. It was originally published in Edinburgh, Scotland, by the International Association for the Advancement of Ethnology and Eugenics.

Its foundation may in part have been a response to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education which ordered the desegregation of schools in the United States.[5][6]

In 1979, publication was transferred to the Council for Social and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C.. In January 2015, the Ulster Institute for Social Research in London took over as publishers.


The editor-in-chief is Gerhard Meisenberg (Dominica, East Caribbean). The assistant editor is Richard Lynn (Bristol, England).[7]


Many of those who constitute the publication's contributors, Board of Directors, and publishers are connected to the academic hereditarian tradition. The journal has been criticized by some as being political and strongly right-leaning,[8] racist or fascist.[9][10] The publisher counters that much of Anthropology is 'politicised' in the opposite way and that those who count amongst the most vocal critics of the journal often identify with the Radical tradition in Anthropology.[11] Some critics argued that the journal's editorial practice was biased and misleading,[12] leading to a rejoinder from those criticized.[13]

During the "Bell Curve wars" of the 1990s, the journal received attention when opponents of The Bell Curve publicized the fact that some of the works cited by Bell Curve authors Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray had first been published in Mankind Quarterly.[14] In the New York Review of Books, Charles Lane referred to The Bell Curve's "tainted sources," noting that seventeen researchers cited in the book's bibliography had contributed articles to, and ten of these seventeen had also been editors of, Mankind Quarterly, "a notorious journal of 'racial history' founded, and funded, by men who believe in the genetic superiority of the white race."[15] The journal stands by its tradition of publishing hereditarian perspective articles to this day, stating that "...this science has stood the test of time, and MQ is still prepared to publish controversial findings and theories".[16] Roger Pearson received over a million dollars in grants from the Pioneer Fund in the eighties and the nineties.[14][17]

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  1. ^ Joe L. Kincheloe, et. al, Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined, Palgrave Macmillan, 1997, pg. 39
  2. ^ William H. Tucker, The funding of scientific racism: Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund, University of Illinois Press, 2002, pg. 2
  3. ^ Ibrahim G. Aoudé, The ethnic studies story: politics and social movements in Hawaiʻi, University of Hawaii Press, 1999 , pg. 111
  4. ^ Kenneth Leech, Race, Church Publishing, Inc., 2005, pg. 14
  5. ^ Schaffer, Gavin "‘Scientific’ Racism Again?”:1 Reginald Gates, the Mankind Quarterly and the Question of “Race” in Science after the Second World War Journal of American Studies (2007), 41: 253-278 Cambridge University Press
  6. ^ Jackson, John P. (2005). Science for Segregation: Race, Law, and the Case against Brown v. Board of Education. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-4271-6. Lay summary (30 August 2010). 
  7. ^ Editorial Panel, Mankind Quarterly, retrieved 15 May 2015 
  8. ^ e.g., Arvidsson, Stefan (2006), Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science, translated by Sonia Wichmann, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.
  9. ^ Schaffer, Gavin (2008). Racial science and British society, 1930-62. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  10. ^ Gelb, Steven A. (1997). "Heart of Darkness: The Discreet Charm of the Hereditarian Psychologist". The Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies 19 (1): 129–139. 
  11. ^ Roger Pearson, "Activist Lysenkoism: The Case of Barry Mehler." In Race, Intelligence and Bias in Academe (Washington: Scott-Townsend Publishers, 1997).
  12. ^ Ehrenfels, U. R., Madan, T. N., & Comas, J. (1962). "Mankind Quarterly Under Heavy Criticism: 3 Comments on Editorial Practices". Current Anthropology 3 (2): 154–158. 
  13. ^ Gates, R. R. & Gregor, A. J. (1963). "Mankind Quarterly: Gates and Gregor Reply to Critics". Current Anthropology 4 (1): 119–121. 
  14. ^ a b Tucker, William H. (2007). The funding of scientific racism: Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-07463-9. Lay summary (4 September 2010). 
  15. ^ "The Bell Curve" and Its Sources, Harry F. Weyher, reply by Charles Lane
  16. ^
  17. ^ Mehler, Barry (July 7, 1998). Race Science and the Pioneer Fund Originally published as "The Funding of the Science" in Searchlight, No. 277.

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