B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Agustín Fuentes is The Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Endowed Chair in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His current foci include cooperation and bonding in human evolution, ethnoprimatology and multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and public perceptions of, and interdisciplinary approaches to, human nature(s). Fuentes' recent books include Evolution of Human Behavior (Oxford University Press 2008), Centralizing Fieldwork: Critical Perspectives from Primatology, Biological and Social Anthropology (Co-edited, Berghahn Press 2010), Biological Anthropology: Concepts and Connections (McGraw-Hill 2011), Monkeys on the Edge: Ecology and Management of Long-tailed Macaques and their Interface with Humans (co-edited, Oxford University Press 2011), Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature (University of California Press 2015), and The Creative Spark: How Imagination Make Humans Exceptional (Dutton 2017). Key recent articles include 'Naturecultural encounters in Bali: Monkeys, Temples, Tourists, and Ethnoprimatology' in Cultural Anthropology and 'The new biological anthropology: bringing Washburn's new physical anthropology into 2010 and beyond' in the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. Current research projects include the ethnoprimatology of Singapore, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human nature(s), and an evaluation of the roles of cooperation, community, and niche construction in human evolution.
In 2018, Professor Fuentes delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh. The lectures are entitled "Why We Believe: Evolution, Making Meaning, and the Development of Human Natures" and available for viewing online.
Fuentes, Agustín, Marc Kissel, Rahul Oka, Susan Sheridan, Nam Kim, and Matthew Piscitelli (2017). "The CLASH model lacks evolutionary and archeological support." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40, E85 (2017).
Fuentes, Agustín. The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. New York: Dutton, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín. "The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis, Ethnography, and the Human Niche: Toward an Integrated Anthropology." Current Anthropology 57 (2016), Sup. 13:13-26.
Fuentes, Agustín, and Marc Kissel. "Human Evolutionary History and Contemporary Evolutionary Theology Provide Insight when Assessing Cultural Group Selection." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39 (2016): 25–6.
Fuentes, Agustín. "Integrative Anthropology and the Human Niche: Toward a Contemporary Approach to Human Evolution." American Anthropologist 117.2 (2015): 302–15.
Fuentes, Agustín. "Manipulating Materials, Bodies, and Signs: How the Ecology of Creative Problem Solving, Tool Manufacture, and Imaginative Sociality Set the Context for Language in the Later Pleistocene Human Niche." In The Evolution of Human Wisdom, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, 193–206. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín, and C. Rouse. "New Articulations of Biological Difference in the 21st Century: A Conversation." Anthropology Now 9.3 (2016).
Fuentes, Agustín. "Primatology, Integration, and World Anthropologies." American Anthropologist 118.1 (2016): 138–139.
Fuentes, Agustín, Marc Kissel, and Jeffrey Peterson. "Semiose in der Evolution von Primaten und Menschen." In Geschaffen nach ihrer Art: Was unterscheidet Tiere und Menschen?, edited by Ulrich Beuttler, Hansjörg Hemminger, Markus Mühling, and Martin Rothgangel. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín. "Thinking Across Boundaries: The Virtues of Humility and Hope." In Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Learning with and from the Natural and Human Sciences, edited by Robin Lovin and Joshua Mauldin. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín. "What Evolution, the Human Niche, and Imagination can tell us about the Emergence of Religion." Theology Today 72.2 (2015): 170–81.
Kissel, Marc, and Agustín Fuentes. "A Database of Archaeological Evidence for Representational Behavior." Evolutionary Anthropology 26.4 (2017): 149–50.
Kissel, Marc, and Agustín Fuentes. "From Hominid to Human: The Role of Human Wisdom and Distinctiveness in the Evolution of Modern Humans." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3.2 (2016): 217–44.