Professor Fiona M Jordan

BA(Auck.), BSc Hons (Auck.), PhD(Lond.)

  • BS8 1UU


Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research interests

I am an evolutionary and linguistic anthropologist who studies cultural evolution. Like most anthropologists, I want to understand cultural diversity. There are two parts to that inquiry: Why do humans–a single species–have so much variation in behaviour and culture? But: Why don’t human societies vary more? My work seeks to do cross-cultural research in new and innovative ways by combining methods, data, and theory from biology, psychology, anthropology, and linguistics. My core subfield is cultural phylogenetics: understanding cultural diversity using the same statistical tools that biologists use to investigate evolutionary and diversity processes in other species. I am particularly interested in kinship and language, and my primary region of interest is the Austronesian-speaking world. My published work has ranged widely: demonstrating the use of phylogenetic techniques to study Pacific prehistory and language dispersal; biocultural adaptation in the human sex ratio; cultural transmission of craft techniques; inferring past aspects of kinship and family structures; the evolution of semantic systems conceptualising colours and body parts; and modelling land tenure evolution. I also have broad interests in a number of evolutionary approaches to human behaviour, as well as the intersections of language, culture, and society.

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Fiona M Jordan is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 2 Similar Profiles

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


Starting Grant VARIKIN

Mitchell, A., Passmore, S., Racz, P. M., Sheard, C. E. & Jordan, F. M.


Project: Research

"Together": Designing an inclusive picture book to explore children's concepts of family

Mitchell, A., Jordan, F. M. & Paterson-Achenbach, B.


Project: Research

Research Output

CHIELD: The causal hypotheses in Evolutionary Linguistics Database

Roberts, S. G., Sheard, C., Opie, C., Passmore, S., Jordan, F. & al., E., 16 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Language Evolution. 5, 1, lzaa001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Editors' Review and Introduction: The Cultural Evolution of Cognition

    Beller, S., Bender, A. & Jordan, F., 29 Apr 2020, In : Topics in Cognitive Science. 12, 2, p. 644-653 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    Pama-Nyungan grandparent systems change with grandchildren, but not cross-cousin terms or social norms

    Sheard, C., Bowern, C., Dockum, R. & Jordan, F. M., 5 Jun 2020, In : Evolutionary Human Sciences. 2, p. 1-29 29 p., e30.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity

    Journal of Language Evolution (Journal)

    Fiona M Jordan (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    PLoS ONE (Journal)

    Fiona M Jordan (Editor)

    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    First-hand experience: a methodology for exploring bone architecture adaptation and biomechanics in human hands and zebrafish models

    Author: Aggleton, J., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Jordan, F. (Supervisor) & Robson Brown, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    "Ilginç değil” – “it's not interesting”: a material culture and landscape analysis of political graffiti in Istanbul between 2015-2017

    Author: Geraets, J. L., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Saunders, N. J. (Supervisor) & Jordan, F. M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)