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Durham University

The Anthro-Zoonoses Network

Agustín Fuentes

Agustín Fuentes completed a B.A. in Zoology and Anthropology, and an M.A.& Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. Ranging from chasing monkeys in jungles and cities, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. His current research foci include creativity, community, and meaning-making 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), “Race, Monogamy, and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature” (U of California), “Conversations on Human Nature(s)” (with Aku Visala, Routledge) and “The Creative Spark: how imagination made humans exceptional” (Dutton).

Selected publications:

Fuentes, A. and Baynes-Rock, M. 2017. Anthropogenic Landscapes, Human Action and the Process of Co-Construction with other Species: Making Anthromes in the Anthropocene. Land 6(15). doi:10.3390/land6010015.

Fuentes, A. 2016. The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis, Ethnography, and the Human Niche: Toward an Integrated Anthropology. Current Anthropology 57, Supplement 13:13-26. doi:10.1086/685684.

Fuentes, A., Riley, E.P. and Dore, K.M. 2017. Ethnoprimatology matters: integration, innovation and intellectual generosity. In Dore, K.M., Riley, E.P. and Fuentes, A. (eds), Ethnoprimatology: A Practical Guide to Research at the Human-Nonhuman Interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 297-301.

Brotcorne, F., Fuentes, A., Wandia, IN., Beudels-Jamar, RC., & Huynen, MC. 2015. Changes in Activity Patterns and Intergroup Relationships After a Significant Mortality Event in Commensal Long-Tailed Macaques (Macaca Fascicularis) in Bali, Indonesia. Int J Primatol 36(3): 548-566. doi:10.1007/s10764-015-9841-5.

Fuentes, A. 2013. Social minds and social selves: redefining the human–alloprimate interface. In: Corbey, R. and Lanjouw, A. (eds), The Politics of Species: Reshaping our Relationships with Other Animals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 179-188.

Fuentes, A. 2012. Humans as Niche Constructors, as Primates, and with Primates: Synergies for Anthropology in the Anthropocene. Cambridge Anthropology 30(2):140-144.

Fuentes, A. 2010. Naturecultural Encounters in Bali: Monkeys, Temples, Tourists, and Ethnoprimatology. Cultural Anthropology 25(4): 600-624.


Agustín Fuentes

University of Notre Dame