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Professor Fiona Jordan

Professor Fiona Jordan

Professor Fiona Jordan
BA(Auck.), BSc Hons (Auck.), PhD(Lond.)

Professor of Anthropology

Area of research

Cultural Phylogenetics

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6078

Research summary

I am an evolutionary and linguistic anthropologist who studies cultural evolution. Like most anthropologists, I want to understand cultural diversity. There are two parts to that inquiry: Why do humans–a single species–have so much variation in behaviour and culture? But: Why don’t human societies vary more? My work seeks to do cross-cultural research in new and innovative ways by combining methods, data, and theory from biology, psychology, anthropology, and linguistics. My core subfield is cultural phylogenetics: understanding cultural diversity using the same statistical tools that biologists use to investigate evolutionary and diversity processes in other species. I am particularly interested ...

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Biography

My undergraduate degrees were combined in a conjoint BA/BSc in Anthropology and Biology/Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where I also completed an Honours programme in evolutionary psychology. My PhD was obtained from University College London in Anthropology, where I also held an AHRC-funded postdoctoral position in the Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity. After four years as a Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, I moved to Bristol in 2012. I am currently a Professor in Anthropology.

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