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Sarah Mathew

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Assistant Professor and Research Affiliate, Institute of Human Origins
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
IHO Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
IHO Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Sarah Mathew is an Assistant Professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU. She received her bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and a PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. After a post-doc at Stockholm University and serving on the faculty at Stony Brook University, she moved to ASU to be part of an exciting initiative to explore the origins of human uniqueness. Her research explores the evolution of human ultra-sociality and the role of culture in enabling it.

Personal website

Research Interests

Sarah's work centers on understanding how humans, unlike any other mammal, evolved to cooperate on extremely large scales that can include millions of people and how this ties with the origins of norms, moral sentiments and prosocial preferences. She approaches these questions by combining formal models of the evolution of cooperation with field studies among the Turkana, an acephalous nomadic pastoral society in East Africa. She has conducted systematic field studies among the Turkana that reveal what mechanisms sustain large-scale cooperation in inter-ethnic warfare when formal centralized institutions are absent. She is also exploring working among multiple small-scale societies in the western ghats of southern India where she plans to conduct cross-cultural studies that identify the role of transmitted culture, institutions and ecology in shaping human behavioral variation. For more on her research, visit her personal website

Publications
  • Mathew S, and Boyd R. The cost of cowardice: punitive sentiments towards free riders in Turkana raids. Evolution and Human Behavior (2014).
  • Mathew S, and Boyd R. The cost of cowardice: punitive sentiments towards free riders in Turkana raids. Evolution and Human Behavior (2014).
  • Richerson, P., Baldini, R., Bell, A., Demps, K., Frost, K., Hillis, V., Mathew, S., Newton, E., Narr, N., Newson, L., Ross, C., Smaldino, P., Waring, T., Zefferman, M. Cultural Group Selection Plays and Essential Role in Explaining Human Cooperation. A Sketch of the Evidence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2014).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 210Human Sexuality: Anth Perspect
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 342Evolution of Human Behavior
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 394Special Topics
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 327Evolution and Human Behavior
ASM 342Evolution and Human Behavior
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
ASM 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 342Evolution and Human Behavior
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Service
  • Search committee for target hire for Southwest Borderlands Initiative, Member (2014 - 2104)
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