Joseph Henrich


Interview with economist Tyler Cowen at GMU’s Mercatus Center in 2016. Joe discussed his work on cultural evolution and its implications for both today and the future. Full interview.

Dr. Henrich (UCLA, Anthropology, 1999) is a professor and chair at Harvard University in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. Broadly, his research focuses on cultural evolution, and culture-driven genetic evolution. He’s conducted anthropological fieldwork in Peru, Chile and in the South Pacific, as well as having spearheaded several large comparative projects on human sociality. In 2004 he won the Presidential Early Career Award for young scientists, and, in 2009, the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions bestowed by the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. He's been granted academic tenure in four disciplines: anthropology, psychology, economics and human evolutionary biology. Dr. Henrich is also a senior fellow in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His other books and edited volumes include Why Humans Cooperate (Henrich and Henrich 2007), Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from 15 Small-Scale Societies (Henrich, Boyd, Bowles, Camerer Fehr and Gintis, 2004) and Experimenting with Social Norms (Ensminger and Henrich, 2014).

JoeFieldworkYasawa Island, Fiji. Joe had conducted fieldwork on Yasawa Island for most summers between 2003 - 2011. More information on these projects can be found here.