NYU Stern

Joe Henrich

BSPA Faculty Photo Joe HenrichPeter and Charlotte Schoenfeld Visiting Faculty Fellow, NYU Stern
Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Coevolution, University of British Columbia

Dr. Henrich is also a professor in the departments of economics and psychology, at the University of British Columbia and a fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, He received his PhD in Anthropology from UCLA in 1999. His theoretical work focuses on how natural selection has shaped human learning and how this in turn influences cultural evolution and culture-gene coevolution. This work has explored the evolution of conformist learning and human status, as well as the emergence of large-scale cooperation, norms, social stratification, world religions and monogamous marriage. Methodologically, his research synthesizes experimental and analytical tools drawn from behavioural economics and psychology with in-depth quantitative ethnography, and he has performed long-term anthropological fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon, rural Chile, and in the South Pacific. In 2004 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award, the highest award bestowed by the United States upon scientists early in their careers. In 2009, the Human Behavior and Evolution Society awarded him their Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions. He has published over sixty journal articles and has co-authored two books. Professor Henrich can be reached at jhenrich@stern.nyu.edu.