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Joe Henrich

Evolutionary Biologist
Dr. Joe Henrich is currently a Harvard professor and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. Before moving to Harvard, he was a professor of both economics and psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Coevolution. His research deploys evolutionary theory to understand how human psychology gives rise to cultural evolution and how this has shaped our species’ genetic evolution. Using insights generated from this approach, Professor Henrich has explored a variety of topics, including economic decision-making, social norms, fairness, religion, marriage, prestige, and cooperation. He’s conducted fieldwork in Peru, Chile and in the South Pacific, as well as having spearheaded several large comparative projects. In 2016, he published The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smart. Henrich is also a senior fellow in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Past Programs Featuring Joe Henrich

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm