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Publications & Presentations

 
 
   

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles & Book Chapters

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Currie, T.E. (in press) Cultural Evolution Branches Out: A Phylogenetic Approach to Cross-Cultural Research  
Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. (2012) The Evolution of Ethnolinguistic Diversity. Advances in Complex Systems 15: 1150006
Currie, T.E. (2012) Using phylogenetic comparative methods to test hypotheses about the pattern and process of human social and political evolution. to appear in N.Minaka & H.Nakao Ed.s
Currie, T.E. & Mace, R.(2012) Analyses do not support the parasite-stress theory of human sociality. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 35(2): 23-25. Invited response to BBS target article, Fincher & Thornhill (2012), BBS 35(2):1-19

Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. (2011) Mode and Tempo in the Evolution of Socio-Political Organization: Reconciling ‘Darwinian’and ‘Spencerian’Evolutionary Approaches in Anthropology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 366: 1108 - 1117

Currie, T.E., Greenhill, S.J., Gray, R.D., Hasegawa, T. & Ruth Mace (2010) Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific. Nature. 467: 801–804

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Currie, T.E., Greenhill, S.J., and Mace, R. (2010) Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? A simulation study using continuous cultural traits. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365: 3903 - 3912
Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. (2009) Political complexity predicts the spread of ethnolinguistic groups.
PNAS. 106: 7339-7344
Greenhill, S.J., Currie, T.E., and Gray, R.D. (2009) Does horizontal transmission invalidate cultural phylogenies? Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 276:2299-2306

Currie, T.E., and Little, A.C. (2009) The Relative Importance of the Face and Body in Judgments of Human Physical Attractiveness. Evolution and Human Behavior 30: 409-416

Jordan, F., & Currie, T.E. (in prep). The effect of population size and density on rates of linguistic evolution  
   
Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. (2011) Mode and Tempo in the Evolution of Socio-Political Organization: Reconciling ‘Darwinian’and ‘Spencerian’Evolutionary Approaches in Anthropology. In Culture Evolves (Andrew Whiten, Robert A. Hinde, Christopher B. Stringer, and Kevin N. Laland Eds). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

 

 

 

Book reviews and other writings

 
Currie, T.E. (2011) The Natural Order? A review of Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies: The State of Nature by Benoît Dubreuil, Cambridge University Press.Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. 9: 195-200
Currie, T.E. (2010) Tests in Time: A Review of Natural Experiments of History, edited by Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson. Cliodynamics 1: 116-121 http://escholarship.org/uc/item/368956r6
Currie, T.E., Jordan, F.J. & Martelli S. (2009) Modern Approaches to Investigating Cultural Evolution. Human Behavior & Evolution Society Newsletter, Winter 2009

Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. (2007) A Holy Grail for Anthropology? Explaining the Latitudinal Gradient in Human Cultural Diversity. Winning paper of the New Investigator Competition at the 19th annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society

 

 

Invited talks

Currie, T.E. Investigating the Evolution of Socio-Political Complexity using Phylogenetic Methods: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Data. NIMBioS Modelling Social Complexity workshop. 6-8th February, 2012

Currie, T.E. Mode and Tempo in the Evolution of Socio-Political Organization. Department of Anthropology, UCL Biological Anthropology Seminar Series. 17th January, 2012

Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. Explaining the global distribution of ethnolinguistic groups. Conference on 'Cultural Evolution in Spatially Structured Populations', AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity, UCL, UK. 13th September 2010.

Currie, T.E. Using phylogenetic comparative methods to test hypotheses about the pattern and process of human cultural evolution. 12th Annual Meeting Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama Campus, Tokyo. 5th August, 2010.

Currie, T.E. Mode and tempo in the evolution of socio-political organization. Graduate Group in Ecology Seminar, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, University of California, Davis, USA. 14th June, 2010.

Currie, T.E. 'Investigating the Evolution of Cultural Diversity: A Phylogenetic Approach' Workshop on Investigating the Evolution of Human Cultural Diversity, Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan, University of Kyoto, February 24th, 2010

Currie, T.E. 'Using Phylogenetic Comparative Methods to Test Evolutionary Hypotheses' Lecture and Practical session, Workshop on Phylogenetic Comparative Methods, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies: Sokendai, Hayama, Japan. January 26th, 2010

Currie, T.E. ‘The Phylogenetic Approach to Investigating Cultural Evolution’ Biological Symposium, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan. November 12th, 2009

Currie, T.E. ‘The Phylogenetic Approach to Investigating Cultural Evolution’ Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems Symposium, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies: Sokendai, Hayama, Japan. November 4th, 2009

Currie, T.E. The Evolution of Political Complexity: Investigating a major trend in human history.’ The Cultural Evolution of Human Groups symposium, British Association Festival of Science, University of Liverpool. September, 2008

 

Presentations

Currie, T.E. 'The Evolution of Ethnic Diversity' 23rd annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, University of Montpellier, France. June, 2011

Currie, T.E. 'Mode and Tempo in the Evolution of Socio-Political Organization: A Phylogenetic Comparative Approach' 40th annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. February, 2011

Currie, T.E. Mode and Tempo in the Evolution of Socio-Political Organization: Reconciling ‘Darwinian’ and ‘Spencerian’ Evolutionary Approaches in Anthropology’ 22th annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA. June, 2010

Currie, T.E. 'Cultural phylogenetic methods reveal regular sequence in the evolution of human political organization' 2nd annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan, University of Kyushu, Fukuoka, Japan. December, 2009

Currie, T.E. The Evolution of Political Complexity: Investigating a major trend in human history.’ 20th annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, University of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan. June, 2008

Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. ‘Explaining the global distribution of human cultural groups.’ 3rd annual European Human Behaviour and Evolution Conference, University of Montpellier, France. April, 2008.

Currie, T.E. ‘Horizontal transmission of Cultural Traits and Phylogenetic Comparative Methods: A reply to Nunn et al.’ Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Scientific meeting, University College London, London, UK. December, 2007.

Jordan, F.J. & Currie T.E. Virtual Archaeology: Using phylogenetic methods to reconstruct ancestral states of cultural traits.’ London Evolutionary Research Network & Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Modern Approaches to Investigating Cultural Evolution Workshop, University College London, London, UK. November, 2007

Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. A Holy Grail for Anthropology? Explaining the Latitudinal Gradient in Human Cultural Diversity. 19th annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA. June, 2007

Currie, T.E. ‘The Evolution of Social Stratification in the Pacific: A Phylogenetic approach’, The Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Meeting, Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand. February, 2007

Currie, T.E. ‘The Evolution of Social Stratification in the Austronesian Cultures of the Pacific’, London Evolutionary Research Network Annual Conference, Institute of Zoology, London, UK. September, 2006

Currie, T.E. ‘The Relative Importance of the Face and Body in Human Physical Attractiveness’, Human Behaviour and Evolution Society Annual Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. June, 2006

 

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