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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.
Research Associate, Human Relations Area Files, Yale1 Sep 2020 → …
Secretary, Cultural Evolution Society1 Aug 2016 → …
Mitchell, A., Jordan, F. M. & Paterson-Achenbach, B.
11/02/19 → 31/07/19
Historical, archaeological and linguistic evidence test the phylogenetic inference of Viking-Age plant useTeixidor-Toneu, I., Kool, A., Greenhill, S. J., Kjesrud, K., Sandstedt, J. J., Manzanilla, V. & Jordan, F. M., 17 May 2021, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 376, 1828
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
Jordan, F. M., 1 Aug 2021, In: Journal of Pragmatics. 181, p. 49 61 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access
Roberts, S. G., Sheard, C., Opie, C., Passmore, S., Jordan, F. & al., E., 16 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Language Evolution. 5, 2, p. 101-120
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)