UCL Anthropology


Tom Currie

Tom Currie
E-mail: t.currie@ucl.ac.uk
website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucsatec/

Ph.D. Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University College London, UCL, 2009
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010-2014)

Research Interests

My research involves the application of modern evolutionary theory to investigate human behaviour. In particular I am interested in testing hypotheses about human pre-history and cultural evolution using quantitative techniques such as phylogenetic methods. Much of my work has a regional focus on the Austronesian-speaking societies of the Pacific and Island South-East Asia


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

Currie, T.E. & Mace, R. (in press) 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

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

Currie, T.E., Greenhill, S.J., and Mace, R. (in press) Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? A simulation study using continuous cultural traits. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B