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Jeffrey Winking

Associate Director of Graduate Studies
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PhD, University of New Mexico, 2005
Cultural Anthropology


Human evolutionary ecology, Marriage, Parenting, Life history, Prosociality

Current Research Projects:

I explore the dynamics of family, marriage and parental care within an evolutionary framework, with an emphasis on illuminating the evolutionary roots of men’s marital and parental involvement. To this end, I have conducted ethnographic research with the Tsimane of lowland Bolivia and the Mayangna/Miskito of eastern Nicaragua. I am also interested in the evolutionary underpinnings of human prosocial tendencies (cooperation, altruism, etc.), and ways in which we can explore this topic that go beyond traditional laboratory methods and employ natural observation

Courses Taught:

ANTH 205 – Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANTH 210 – Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 434 – Human Evolutionary Ecology: Reproduction and Parenting
ANTH 630 – Human Evolutionary Ecology
ANTH 689 – Quantitative Ethnographic Methods

Selected and Recent Publications:

2021     Winking, J., J. Koster. The timing, causes, and consequences of divorce in a Mayangna/Miskito population in Nicaragua. Social Sciences. 10: 212.

2021     Winking, J., J. Koster. Small-scale utilitarianism: High acceptance of utilitarian solutions to Trolley Problems among the Mayangna of Nicaragua. PLOS ONE. 16(4): e0249345.

2019     Winking, J., A. Hopkins, M. Yeoman, C. Arcak. M-AAA-nsplaining: gender bias in questions asked at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meetings. PLOS ONE. 14(1): e0207691.

2018     Winking, J., P. Eastwick, L. Smith, J. Koster. Applicability of the Investment Model Scale in a natural-fertility population. Personal Relationships. 25(4): 497-516.

2018        Winking, J. Exploring the great schism in the social sciences: confirmation bias and the interpretation of results relating to biological influences on human behavior and psychology. Evolutionary Psychology. 16(1).

2015    Winking, J., J. Koster. The fitness effects of men’s family investments: a test of three pathways in a single population. Human Nature. 26(3). 292-312.

2014    Winking, J. Anonymity versus privacy in the Dictator Game: revealing donor decisions to recipients does not substantially impact donor behavior. PLOS ONE. 9(12): e115419.

2013    Winking, J., N. Mizer. Natural-field Dictator Game shows no altruistic giving. Evolution and Human Behavior. 34(4): 288-293.

2013    Winking, J., J. Stieglitz, J. Kurten*, H. Kaplan, M. Gurven. Polygyny among the Tsimane: An improved method for testing the Polygyny-Fertility Hypothesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 280(1756): 20123078.