Christopher von Rueden

Chris von Rueden is an anthropologist and assistant professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond. He studies status hierarchy and collective action in small-scale societies, in particular the Tsimane forager-horticulturalists of lowland Bolivia. His research has implications for why humans in general are motivated by social status, how and why we adopt leader-follower relationships in groups, and how more politically complex societies emerged over the past few millennia.

Recent Posts

May 17, 2018 in Morality, Special Publication

Are Large-Scale Societies Outliers When It Comes To Core Elements Of Moral Judgment?

Most comparative studies of human moral judgment have been restricted to large-scale, industrialized populations, but critical tests of putative universals must include small-scale societies.
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November 7, 2016 in Biology, Gender, Politics

The Conversation About Trump Should Consider the Evolution of Men’s Political Psychology

Evolutionary psychologists find that people prefer political leaders who are physically dominant when they believe their group faces an existential threat.
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