Agustín Fuentes

Professor, Anthropology

Agustín Fuentes


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 BehaviorŒ (Oxford University Press 2008), Centralizing Fieldwork: Critical Perspectives from Primatology, Biological and Social AnthropologyŒ (Co-edited, Berghahn Press 2010), Biological Anthropology: Concepts and ConnectionsŒ (McGraw-Hill 2011), Monkeys on the Edge: Ecology and Management of Long-tailed Macaques and their Interface with HumansŒ (co-edited, Oxford University Press 2011), Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human NatureŒ (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'Œ in Cultural Anthropology and 'The new biological anthropology: bringing Washburn's new physical anthropology into 2010 and beyondŒ' 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.

Selected Publications

  • Deane-Drummond, Celia, and Agustín Fuentes, eds. The Evolution of Human Wisdom. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017.

  • Deane-Drummond, Celia, Neil Arner, and Agustín Fuentes. "The Evolution of Morality: A Three-Dimensional Map." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3.2 (2016): 115–51.

  • Deane-Drummond, Celia, and Agustín Fuentes. "Yuval N. Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. New York: Harper Collins, 2016. 435pp." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 5.1 (2018): 127–37.

  • Fuentes, Agustín, and Marcus Baynes-Rock. "Anthropogenic Landscapes, Human Action and the Process of Co-Construction with other Species: Making Anthromes in the Anthropocene." Land, 6:1 (2017).

  • 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).


Evolution of Wisdom Human Distinctiveness Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Deep Time

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