|Born||9 October 1961|
|Title||Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology|
|Education||South Hampstead High School |
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
|Thesis||The dawn chorus: Behavioural organisation in the great tit (Parus major) (1987)|
|Sub-discipline||Evolutionary anthropology |
|Institutions||Imperial College London |
University of East Anglia
University College London
Ruth Mace, FBA (born 9 October 1961) is a British anthropologist, biologist, and academic. She specialises in the evolutionary ecology of human demography and life history, and phylogenetic approaches to culture and language evolution. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at University College London.
Early life and education
Mace was born on 9 October 1961 in London, England to David Mace and Angela Mace. She was educated at South Hampstead High School, an all-girls independent school in South Hampstead, London, and at Westminster School, an independent school within the precincts of Westminster Abbey that has a mixed-sex sixth form. She studied zoology at Wadham College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1983 and a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1987. Her doctoral thesis was titled "The dawn chorus: Behavioural organisation in the great tit (Parus major)".
Having completed her doctorate, Mace began her academic career as a research fellow at Imperial College London; she held a NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Then, from 1989 to 1991, she was a lecturer in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia.
In 1991, Mace moved to the Department of Anthropology of University College London: she was a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer from 1991 to 1999, and Reader in Human Evolutionary Ecology from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, she was appointed Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology. From 2005 to 2010, she was also Editor-in-Chief of Evolution and Human Behavior. Since 2010, she has served as Head of Biological Anthropology at University College London.
In 2003, Mace gave the Curl Lecture, a prize lectureship of the Royal Anthropological Institute. In 2008, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences.
- Milner-Gulland, E. J.; Mace, Ruth (1998). Conservation of Biological Resources: with case studies contributed by other authors. Oxford: Blackwell Science. ISBN 978-0865427389.
- Mace, Ruth; Holden, Clare J.; Shennan, Stephen, eds. (2005). The Evolution of Cultural Diversity: A Phylogenetic Approach. London: UCL Press. ISBN 978-1844720996.
- Gillian, Bentley; Mace, Ruth, eds. (2009). Substitute Parents: Biological and Social Perspectives on Alloparenting in Human Societies. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1845451066.
- "MACE, Prof. Ruth". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Prof Ruth Mace". AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity. University College London. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- Mace, R. H. (1987). "The dawn chorus: Behavioural organisation in the great tit (Parus major)". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Prof. Ruth Helen Mace". AcademiaNet. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Curl Lectureship Prior Recipients". Royal Anthropological Institute. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Professor Ruth Mace". britac.ac.uk. The British Academy. Retrieved 18 January 2017.