Bio

My research interests include primate-hominin evolution (with particular emphasis on brains and cognition), the archaeology of ritual, hunter-gatherer ethnography, neurophilosophy, evolutionary theory, and all things “religion.”

Among other projects, I am writing a dissertation-book on cognitive evolution, animist worldviews, and the development of “religions” during the course of the Neolithic transition. My adviser is Matt Sponheimer and I am fortunate to have Professors Bert Covert, Terry McCabe, Doug Bamforth, and Craig Martin providing additional guidance.

I teach an anthropology of religion course at CU-Boulder and in my spare time, I walk mastiffs (pictured below), ride motorcycles, hike historic landscapes, and survey archaeological fields. When not indulging my anthropological passions or exploring Native Americana, I do some business-legal consulting in the capitalist world.

Publications:

Human Brain” (open pdf), in 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook, ed. H. James Birx. Sage Publications (2010).

Conflict and Aggression” (open pdf), in 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook, ed. H. James Birx. Sage Publications (2010).

Mental Acuity of the Normal Elderly,” with Warren Gorman, J. Okla. State Med. Assoc., 88(3)119-23 (1995).

Graduate Theses:

“The Size and Shape of Primate-Hominid Brain Evolution: A Critical History” (University of Colorado-Boulder, 2009)

“An Interdisciplinary Exegesis of Nietzsche’s Madman” (Duke University, 1991)

Contact: criscam at fastmail dot fm Duke-Duchess (Small)