Department of Anthropology
Washington State University
PO Box 644910
Pullman, WA 99164-4910
Ph.D. Anthropology, 2000, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
M.A. Anthropology, 1995, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
B.A. Cum Laude Anthropology (major), Biology (minor) 1992, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, 8/18 to present
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, 8/09 to 7/18
Affiliate Faculty, Allen School for Global Animal Health, WSU, 5/12 to present
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, 8/05 to 8/09
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University, 7/02-7/05
NIH Postdoc. Assistant Researcher, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 10/00-6/02
Project Manager, MO Health Dept. & Anthropology Dept., University of Missouri, 4/00-10/00
RESEARCH: Behavioral & cultural ecology, ethnobiology, medical anthropology, collaborative ethnographic science, cross-cultural comparison, Caribbean, Africa, field and analytical methods.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS: (*= graduate student coauthors, ** = “corresponding author”)
Subbiah, M., Caudell, M.A., Mair, C., Davis, M.A., Matthews, L., Quinlan, R.J., Quinlan, M.B., Lyimo, B., Buza, J., Keyyu, J., & Call,D.R., 2020 Antimicrobial resistant enteric bacteria are widely distributed amongst people, animals and the environment in Tanzania. Nature Communications 11(1):228
Richardson, G. B., Placek, C., Srinivas, V., Jayakrishna, P., Quinlan, R., & Madhivanan, P. (2020). Environmental stress and human life history strategy development in rural and peri-urban South India. Evolution and Human Behavior.
Mattison, S, Quinlan, R, Hare, D. 2019 The expendable male hypothesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 374: 20180080.
Macfarlan, S., Quinlan, R., Post, E. 2019 Emergent matriliny in a matrifocal, patrilineal population: a male coalitionary perspective. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 374: 20180073.
Koster, J., Lukas, D., Nolin, D., Power, E., Alvergne, A., Mace, R., Ross, C., Kramer, K., Greaves, R., Caudell, M., Macfarlan, S., Schniter, E., Quinlan, R., Mattison, S., Reynolds, A., Yi-Sum, C., Massengill, E. 2019 Kinship ties across the lifespan in human communities. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 374: 20180069.
Caudell, M. Mair, C., Subbiah, M., Matthews, L., Quinlan, R., Quinlan, M., Zadoks, R., Keyyu, J., Call, D. 2018 Identification of risk factors associated with carriage of resistant Escherichia coli in three culturally diverse ethnic groups in Tanzania: a biological and socioeconomic analysis The Lancet Planetary Health. 2:e489
Roulett, J.*, Roulette, C., Quinlan, R., Call, D., Hewlett, B., Caudell, M., Quinlan, M. 2018 Children’s ethnobiological notions of contamination and contagion among Maasai agro-pastoralists of northern Tanzania. Journal of Ethnobiology. 38(2):261-275.
Medinaceli, A.* & Quinlan, R. 2018 Firearms effects on Tsimane’ hunting and traditional knowledge in Bolivian Amazonia. Ethnobiology Letters. 9(2):230-242.
Roulette, C., Njau, E., Quinlan, M., Quinlan, R., Call, D. 2018 Medicinal foods and beverages among maasai agro-pastoralists in northern Tanzania. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 216:191-202.
Roulette, C., Caudell, M., Roulette, J.*, Quinlan, R., Quinlan, M., Subbiah, M., Call, D. 2018 A two-month follow-up evaluation testing interventions to limit the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria among Maasai of Northern Tanzania. BMC Infectious Disease, 17(1):770.
Ahmed, H* Call, D., Quinlan, R. & Yoder, J. 2018 Relationships between livestock grazing practices, disease risk, and antimicrobial use among East African Agropastoralists. Environment & Development Economics. 1-18. doi:10.1017/S1355770X17000341
Caudell, M., Quinlan, M., Subbiah, M. Call, D., Roulette, C., Roulette, JW*, Roth, A.*, Matthews, L., and Quinlan, RJ** 2017 Antimicrobial use and veterinary care among agro-pastoralists in northern Tanzania. PloS One 12(1): e0170328. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0170328.
Caudell, M. Quinlan, M. Quinlan, R. & Call, D. 2017 Medical Pluralism and Livestock Health: Ethnomedical and biomedical veterinary knowledge among East African agropastoralists. Journal of Ethnobiology & Ethnomedicine. 13(7): DOI 10.1186/s13002-017-0135-1.
Quinlan, R., Rumas, I., Naisikye, G., Quinlan, M., Yoder, J. 2016 Searching for Symbolic Value of Cattle: Tropical Livestock Units, Market Price and Cultural Value of Maasai Livestock. Ethnobiology Letters 7(1):76–86.
Quinlan, M., Quinlan, R., Council*, S., Roulette*, J. 2016 Children’s Acquisition of Ethnobotanical Knowledge in a Caribbean Horticultural Village. Journal of Ethnobiology 36(2):433-456.
Quinlan, R., Jilo Dira*, S. Caudell*, M. Quinlan, M. 2016 Culture and Psychological Responses to Environmental Shocks: Cultural Ecology of Sidama Impulsivity and Niche Construction in SW Ethiopia. Current Anthropology 57(5):632-652.
Quinlan, R., Quinlan, M. Jilo Dira, S.*, Caudell, M.*, Sooge, A., & Assoma Amzye, A.* 2015 Vulnerability & Resilience in Sidama Enset & Maize Farms in Southwest Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnobiology. 35(2):314-336.
Quinlan, M. , Quinlan, R. Jilo Dira*, S. 2014 Sidama agro-pastoralism and ethnobiological classification of its primary plant, enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman). Ethnobiology Letters. 5:116-125.
Meehan, Courtney L. Courtney Helfrecht*, & Robert Quinlan 2014 Allomaternal Networks and Children’s Nutritional Status: Is Flexibility Key to Cooperative Breeding? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153(4): 513-525.
Macfarlan, S., Quinlan, R. and Remiker, M.* 2013 Cooperative behavior and prosocial reputation dynamics in a Dominican village. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 280: 20130557.
Meehan, C. Quinlan, R. Malcom, C.* 2012 Cooperative Breeding and Maternal Energy Expenditure among Aka Foragers. American Journal of Human Biology. 25(1):42-57.
Placek, C.D.* and Quinlan, R.J. 2012. Adolescent fertility and risky environments: a population level perspective across the life-span. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, 279:4003-4008.
Flinn, M.V., Duncan, C., Ponzi, D., Quinlan, R.L., Decker, S.A. and Leone, D.V. 2012. Hormones in the wild: Monitoring the endocrinology of family relationships. Parenting: Science and Practice, 11(6):124-133. Role: provided data.
Caudell, M.* & Quinlan, R. 2012. Global resource availability, mortality and fertility: A Path Analytic Approach. Human Biology, 84(2):101-125.
Macfarlan, S. Remiker, M.* and Quinlan, R. 2012. Competitive Altruism Explains Labor Exchange Variation in a Dominican Community. Current Anthropology 53(3):118-124. Role: ethnographic context
Quinlan, R. 2010 Extrinsic Mortality Effects on Reproductive Strategies in a Caribbean Community. Human Nature,21(2):124-139.
Gurven, M., Borgerhoff Mulder, M,. Bowles, S., Hooper, P. Kaplan, H., Quinlan, R., Sear, S., Schniter, E., von Rueden, C., Bell, A., & Hertz, T. 2010 Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality among Horticulturalists. Current Anthropology 51(1):49-64.
Borgerhoff Mulder, M, S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, J. Beise, G. Clark, I. Fazzio, M. Gurven, K. Hill, P. L. Hooper, W. Irons, H. Kaplan, D. Leonetti, B. Low, F. Marlowe, R. McElreath, S. Naidu, D. Nolin, P. Piraino, R. Quinlan, E. Schniter, R. Sear, M. Shenk, E. A. Smith, C. von Rueden, P. Wiessner 2009 Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and the Dynamics of Inequality in Small-Scale Societies. Science, 326. (5953): 682 – 688.
Quinlan, R.J. 2008 Human Pair-Bonds: Evolutionary Functions, Ecological Variation and Adaptive Development. Evolutionary Anthropology. 17: 227-238.
Macfarlan, S.J.* & Quinlan, R.J. 2008 Kinship, Family & Gender Effects in the Ultimatum Game. Human Nature. 19: 294-309.
Quinlan, R. & Hagen, E. 2008 New Genealogy: It’s Not Just for Kinship Anymore. Field Methods. 10:129-154.
Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. 2008 Human Lactation, Pairbonds & Alloparents: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. Human Nature. 19(2):87-102.
Flinn, M.V., Quinlan, R., Coe, K. & Ward, C. 2007. Evolution of the Human Family. In C. Salmon & T. Shackelford (eds.) Family Relations: An Evolutionary Perspective. Oxford U. Press. pp. 16-38.
Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. 2007. Evolutionary Ecology of Human Pair-Bonds: Cross-Cultural Tests of Alternative Hypotheses. Cross-Cultural Research 41(2):149-69.
Quinlan, M. & Quinlan, R. 2007. Modernization and Medicinal Plant Knowledge in a Caribbean Horticultural Village. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 21(2):169-92.
Quinlan, R. 2007. Human Parental Effort & Environmental Risk. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science. 274(1606):121-125.
Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. 2007. Parenting & Cultures of Risk: A Comparative Analysis of Infidelity, Aggression & Witchcraft. American Anthropologist, 109(1):164-179.
Quinlan, R. 2006. Gender & Risk in a Matrifocal Caribbean Community: A View from Behavioral Ecology. American Anthropologist, 108(3): 464–479.
Quinlan, M. & Quinlan, R. 2006. Balancing the System: Humoral Medicine & Food in the Commonwealth of Dominica. In Eating and Healing: Exploration of Wild and Domesticated Plants and Animals as Food and Medicine, A. Pieroni and L. Price, Eds.Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Quinlan, R., Quinlan, M. & Flinn, M. 2005. Local Resource Enhancement & Sex Biased Breastfeeding in a Caribbean Community. Current Anthropology, 46(3):471-480.
Quinlan, R. & Flinn, M. 2005. Kinship, Sex & Fitness in a Caribbean Community. Human Nature, 16(1):36-61.
Quinlan, R. 2005. Kinship, Gender & Migration from Rural Dominica. Migration Letters, 2(1):2-12.
Quinlan, R. 2003 Father-Absence, Parental Care & Female Reproductive Development. Evolution & Human Behavior. 24(6): 376-390.
Quinlan, R., Flinn, M. 2003 Intergenerational Transmission of Conjugal Stability in a Caribbean Village. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. , 43, 569-583.
Quinlan, R., Quinlan, M. & Flinn, M. 2003. Parental Investment & Age at Weaning in a Caribbean Village. Evolution and Human Behavior. 24(1):1-16.
Quinlan, M., Quinlan, R. & Nolan, J. 2002. Ethnophysiology and Botanical Treatments of Intestinal Worms in Dominica, West Indies. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 80:75-83.
Quinlan, R. 2001. Effect of Household Structure on Female Reproductive Strategies in a Caribbean Community. Human Nature 12 (3): 169-189.
Flinn, M., Leone, D., & Quinlan, R. 1999. Growth and Fluctuating Asymmetry of Step-Children Evolution and Human Behavior. 20(6):465-479.
Flinn, M., Quinlan, R., Turner, M., Decker, S., & England, B. 1996. Male-Female Differences in Effects of Parental Absence on Glucocorticoid Stress Response. Human Nature, 7(2):125-62.
Brief Communications: (*indicates editorial board or peer review; **indicates invited contribution)
*Quinlan, R. (2017) Cultural Consonance, Deprivation, and Psychological Responses for Niche Construction. [comment] Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
**Quinlan, M. & Quinlan, R. 2016 Ethnobiology & One Health. Ethnobiology Letters 7(1):59–61.
**Quinlan, R. 2011. Review of Mothers and Others. American Journal of Human Biology
*Quinlan, R.J. 2009 Predicting Cross-Cultural Patterns in Sex Biased Parental Investment and Attachment. [comment] Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 32(1):40-41.
**Quinlan, R.J. 2008 Prehistoric Human Sexuality. In J.H. Howell (ed.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship & Sexuality through History, Volume 1. London: Greenwood. pp. 3-10.
*Quinlan, M. & Quinlan, R. 2008 Cross-Cultural Analysis in Evolution & Human Behavior Studies II. Cross-Cultural Research, 42(3):199-200.
*Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. 2007. Cross-Cultural Analysis in Evolution and Human Behavior Studies. Cross-Cultural Research 41(2):91-95.
*Quinlan, R. 2005. Comment on Rende Taylor’s “Dangerous Tradeoffs”. Current Anthropology, 46(3):427-428.
*Flinn, M., Tedeschi, D., Quinlan, R., et al. 1994. Evolution and Culture Turf Wars: History, Mind, and/or Ecology. Journal of Anthropological Research 50:327-33.
GRANTS AWARDED (External):
2012-2016 NSF Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Disease Program. Ecological and Socio-Economic Factors Impacting Maintenance and Dissemination of Antibiotic Resistance in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem. $1,900,000. D. Call (PI), R. Quinlan, M. Davis, J. Rushton, T. McElwain, G. Palmer, M. Quinlan (co-PIs). Role: responsible for social science component, managed field research teams, trained key personal for data collection, liaison with Tanzanian government, data management, data analysis and writing.
2007-2011 NSF Cultural Anthropology Program. Collaborative research: Early Childhood stress, personality & reproductive strategies in a matrifocal community. $178,000 to WSU of $255,000 total. R. Quinlan (PI), M. Quinlan, B. Ellis (co-PIs).
2004 Eli Lilly Foundation: Building a Four-Year Commitment in Anthropology ($9,500). R. Quinlan (PI)& D. Merten (co-PI).
1998 Earthwatch Center for Field Research Grant for Dominica Family Environment and Child Health Project ($20,100 ) M. Flinn (PI), R. Quinlan & M. Quinlan (co-PIs)
GRANTS AWARDED (Internal):
2013 CAS Berry Family Fellowship SW Ethiopia Research Incubator $25,000
2011 CAS IGIS Award for East African Risk and Resilience $13,500
2006 Myer Grant Development Award. WSU CLA $5,000
2004 B.S.U. New Faculty Grant: Family environment and reproduction in a Caribbean community. ($5,500). Quinlan, R. (PI)
2003 BSU Center for International Programs, Career Development Grant: Dominica Fieldwork ($1,000) Quinlan, R. (PI)
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS: (* indicates invited or refereed papers):
Subbiah, M., Caudell, M., Quinlan, R., Quinlan, M., Matthews, L., Keyyu, J., and D.R. Call 2017 Consumption of unboiled cow milk: A potential risk factor for the higher prevalence of antibiotic resistant E. coli in Maasai people in northern Tanzania. American Society for Microbiology Conference, New Orleans, LA 6/7/ 2017.
Quinlan, M., Quinlan, R., Caudell, M. Roulette, C., Roulette, J., D.R. Call 2017 Ethnobiology of East African Livestock Medication & Antibiotic Resistance among Maasai, Arusha & Chagga People and Animals. Society of Ethnobiology Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, 5/10/2017
*Quinlan, R. 2015 Whatever next? Expected Environments and Cultural Position in (or of) Evolutionary Anthropology. American Anthropological Association annual meeting, Denver, CO.
Subbiah M., M.Caudell, R.J.Quinlan, M.B.Quinlan, D.Mshanga, L.Matthews, J.Keyyu, D.R.Call 2015 Maasai households in northern Tanzania harbor a higher prevalence of antibiotic resistant E. coli compared with Chagga households. American Society for Microbiology Conference, Washington, DC. 5/2015.
*Quinlan, R. 2010. Impulsivity and Life History in Rural Dominica. American Anthropological Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. (invited presentation)
Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. 2010. Modeling Cultural Cognition of Medicinal Plant Use in Rural Dominica.Society for Ethnobiology annual meeting, Victoria, B.C.
*Quinlan, R. 2008. Extrinsic Mortality & Female Reproductive Development in Rural Dominica. American Anthropological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. (invited presentation)
Quinlan, M. & Quinlan, R. 2007. Medicinal Plant Knowledge and Modernization in Dominica, W.I. Society of Ethnobiology Annual Conference, March, Berkeley, CA. M. Quinlan and R. Quinlan
Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. 2007. (February) Evolutionary ecology of human pair-bonds: Cross-cultural tests of alternative hypotheses. Society for Cross-Cultural Research annual meeting, San Antonio, TX.
*Quinlan, R. 2007. (February) Environmental risk, life history development, and cultural models. University of Oregon, Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences. (invited presentation)
*Quinlan, R. 2006. (November) Lineage composition, parental investment and child growth in rural Dominica. American Anthropological Association annual meeting, San Jose, CA. (invited presentation)
Quinlan, M. & Quinlan, R. 2006 (June) Parental effort and environmental risk. Human Behavior & Evolution Society annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
*Quinlan, R.2005. (June) Evolutionary ecology of lineal social organization. Human Behavior & Evolution Society annual meeting, Austin, TX. (invited presentation)
*Quinlan, R.2005 (February) Socioecology of breastfeeding and children’s development. Department of Anthropology, California State University Fullerton. (invited presentation)
*Quinlan, R. 2004. (February) Father Absence & Reproductive Development. Facts of Life 2004: Centefor the Study of Natural Systems & the Family. Houston, TX, (invited presentation)
*Quinlan, R., Leone, D., Quinlan, M., England, B., Gangestad, S., Thornhill, R. & Flinn, M. 2003. (June) Long-Term Effects of Household Production and Breastfeeding Duration on Children’s Cortisol Levels, Fluctuating Asymmetry and Growth. Human Behavior & Evolution Society annual meeting, Lincoln, NE.
*Quinlan, R. 2003 (November) Household Economics, Breastfeeding & Child Development. Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, (invited presentation).
TEACHING EXPERIENCE SINCE 2005
Life History, Culture & Environmental Expectations (ANTH 564, graduate seminar)
Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 510, gradate core seminar)
Social-Ecological Systems and Human Behavioral Ecology (ANTH 564, graduate seminar)
Seminar in Ethnography of SW Ethiopia (ANTH 529, graduate seminar)
Cultural Cognition & Motivation (ANTH 564, graduate seminar)
Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (ANTH 537, graduate seminar)
Life History in Cross-cultural Perspective (ANTH 600, overload graduate seminar)
Cognitive Anthropology & Behavioral Ecology (ANTH 564, graduate seminar)
Advances in Human Behavioral Ecology (ANTH 564, graduate seminar)
Evolutionary Anthropology Seminar (ANTH 562, graduate core seminar)
Cultural Ecology (ANTH 309)
Human Issues in International Development (ANTH 418, advanced undergraduate course, online)
History of Anthropological Thought (ANTH 390, advanced undergraduate course)
Sex, Evolution & Human Nature (ANTH 468, advanced undergraduate course)
Anthropological Field Methods (ANTH 300/500, graduate/advanced undergraduate field school in Dominica)
Introduction to Anthropological Demography & Epidemiology (ANTH 463/563, combined graduate and advanced undergraduate course)
GRADUATE STUDENTS UNDER MY DIRECTION AS ADVISOR:
|Mesgenaw Andualem||Ethiopian immigrants in the US||Ph.D. 2020|
|Jaime Chambers||Cultural Ecology of Domestic Dogs||M.A. 2020|
|Athar Khan||Ethnoecology of climate change in Himalayas||Ph.D. 2021|
|Armando Mendinaceli||Collaborative ethnobiology & Tsimane’ hunting||Ph.D. 2018|
|Caitlyn Carr||Distress & resilience among Mayan women||M.A. 2016|
|Mark Caudell||Global life history & future orientation||Ph.D. 2016|
|Alissa Miller||Ecology of stress in SW Ethiopia||M.A. 2011|
|Caitlyn Placek||Religion and cooperation, Dominica||M.A. 2011|
|Mark Remiker||Working memory and social networks||M.A. 2010|
|Shane MacFarlan||Evo. ecology of cooperative work||Ph.D. 2010|
|Michelle Dillon||Evo. ecology of sibling rivalry||M.A. 2009|
|Heather Bonander||Famine & long-term health in Dominica||M.A. 2008|
|Tim Barela||Cultural models of pro-war rhetoric||M.A. 2007|
|Adam Boyette||Parenting & dev. of male reproductive behavior||M.A. 2006|
|Amy Watts||Contraceptive knowledge & attitudes||M.A. 2005|
- Journal of Ethnobiology, Co-Editor-in-Chief, 2020-present
- WSU IRB for Research with Human Subjects, 2020-present
- Journal of Ethnobiology, Associate Editor, 2019-2020
- Enriching Maasai Foundation (NGO, Lorborsoit, Tanzania), Board of Directors, 2016-present
- WSU Faculty Senate, Senator 2016-2019
- WSU Grade Appeals Committee, 2017-2020
- Initiatives in Global Innovation Studies Steering Committee, WSU CAS 2010-2015
- WSU Provost’s Leadership Academy 2014-2015
- Hawassa University Consultant, Graduate Program in Social Anthropology, Ethiopia 2011
- Journal of Ethnobiology, Editorial Board 2013 -present
- WSU Faculty Status Committee (Tenure Appeals), 2012 – 2015
- CAS Promotion and Tenure Committee, WSU 2011-2012
- Chair, Cultural Anthropology Search Committee, WSU Anthropology 2011-2012
- Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Studies Coordinator, WSU Anthropology Dept. 2007-2012, 2017-present
- Chair, Biological Anthropology Search Committee, WSU Anthropology 2008-2010
- Guest Editor Cross-Cultural Research 2007 & 2008
AD HOC REVIEWER: Adolescent Health; American Anthropologist; American Journal of Human Biology; American Journal of Physical Anthropology; Behavioral Ecology; Cross-Cultural Research; Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment; Current Anthropology; Developmental Psychology; Ethnobiology Letters; Evolution & Human Behavior; Evolution, Medicine & Public Health; Field Methods; Human Nature; Journal of Ethnobiology; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society; Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Research in Economic Anthropology; National Science Foundation; National Geographic Society; National Institutes of Health; Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek; Wenner Gren Foundation; Welcome Trust, UK; Norton, Oxford U., U. of Michigan, and Wadsworth Presses.
HONOR & PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES: Lambda Alpha, National Anthropology Honors Society; Dominica Academy of Arts & Sciences; Evolutionary Anthropology Society; Society for Cross-Cultural Research; Society for Medical Anthropology; Society of Ethnobiology