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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 1TB
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+44 (0) 117 954 6078

Summary

I am an evolutionary social anthropologist studying cross-cultural diversity using phylogenetic comparative methods. My main domains of interest are in kinship and social organisation as it evolves at the language-family level, with a focus on the Austronesian-speaking societies of the Pacific. I also have broad interests in a number of evolutionary approaches to human behaviour.

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 Senior Lecturer in Anthropology.

Teaching

My core undergraduate teaching:

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology (1st year core unit)
  • Language, Culture, and Society (2nd year option)
  • Culture & Mind (3rd year option, beginning 2016)
  • Dissertations (3rd year core)

I also contribute lectures to the following units:

  • Advanced Issues in Archaeology & Anthropology (3rd year core)
  • Maritime Cultures (3rd year option)
  • Current Debates in Biological Anthropology (3rd year option)
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology (1st year core)
  • Kinship (1st year core)
  • History & Theory in Anthropology (MA core)

 

 

Keywords

  • cultural phylogenetics
  • evolutionary anthropology
  • kinship
  • cross-cultural analysis
  • Austronesian languages
  • linguistic anthropology

Memberships

Organisations

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Academics by department

Selected publications

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Recent publications

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