Roy D'Andrade

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Roy Goodwin D'Andrade (November 6, 1931 – October 20, 2016) was one of the founders of cognitive anthropology.

Born in New Jersey, D'Andrade matriculated at Rutgers University but left to fulfill his military service. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut. He then studied in the Department of Social Relations at Harvard, from which he received his PhD in Social Anthropology. He taught at Stanford University from 1962-1969. He then moved to the University of California, San Diego, where he was professor of Anthropology until 2003 and served as department chair for three separate terms. He also taught in the Anthropology department at the University of Connecticut. He died October 20, 2016.

His research interests ranged widely, including African-American family structure, personality, color perception, and mathematical models for reconstructing mitochondrial lineages. A unifying theme in much of his work, however, is the problem of identifying and describing cultural models (also known as folk models, or the often implicit, culturally shared ways that people assume the world works); in recent years he was particularly concerned with conceptualizing cultural models through schema theory. In 2002, D'Andrade was awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing from the National Academy of Sciences.[1]



  1. ^ "NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 18 March 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1992) "Schemas and Motivation". In Human Motives and Cultural Models. R.G. D'Andrade and C. Strauss, eds. pp. 23–44. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1995) The Development of Cognitive Anthropology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-45976-1
  • Gardner, Howard. (1985) The Mind's New Science: a history of the cognitive revolution. New York: Basic Books.
  • Roy D'Andrade's obituary

Select publications[edit]

  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1984). Cultural meaning systems. In R. A. Shweder & R. LeVine (Eds.), Culture theory: Essays on mind, self, and emotion (pp. 88–119). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1986). Three scientific world views and the covering law model. In D. W. Fiske & R. A. Shweder (Eds.), Metatheory in social science: Pluralisms and subjectivities (pp. 19 – 39). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1987). Modal responses and cultural expertise. American Behavioral Scientist, 31(2), 194 - 202.
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1989). Culturally based reasoning. In A. R. H. Gellatly, D. Rogers & J. A. Sloboda (Eds.), Cognition and social worlds (pp. 132–143). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1992). Schemas and motivation. In R. G. D'Andrade & C. Strauss (Eds.), Human motives and cultural models (pp. 23–44). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (1995). Moral models in anthropology. Current Anthropology, 36(3).
  • D'Andrade, Roy G. (2001). A cognitivist's view of the units debate in cultural anthropology. Cross-Cultural Research, 35(2), 242 - 257.

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