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Charles Perreault

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

Charles Perreault is an Assistant Professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from UCLA in 2011, and was an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute from 2011 to 2013, before serving as a faculty member at the University of Missouri. Perreault joined ASU in 2014.

Major focuses of Perreault's work lay at the intersection of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology. He works to better understand how archaeological data can contribute to cultural evolution theory, much in the same way that paleontology interacts with genetics theory. Thus, he is particularly interested in how cultural evolution processes unfold at both the micro and the macro scale, and how one can transit between these two different observational scales.

In addition, his current research includes taking advantage of the large-scale nature of the archaeological record in order to parameterize our models of cultural evolution -- estimating the pace of cultural evolution as seen in the archaeological record, and comparing it to rates of biological evolution as seen in the fossil record.

Finally, Perrault is interested in interrogating the nature of the archaeological record itself, asking, "What is the temporal scale of the archeological record?", and "What processes affect the scale of archaeological data and restrict the kind of research questions we can ask?".

Education

PhD in Anthropology from UCLA, 2011

M.Sc and B.Sc in Anthropology at the Universite de Montreal

 

 

Publications
  • Mathew, S. and C. Perreault, Cultural history, not ecological environment, is the main determinant of human behaviour Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283: 20160177 (2016).
  • Perreault, C., M. T. Boulanger, A. M. Hudson, D. Rhode, D. B. Madsen, J. W. Olsen, M. L. Steffen, J. Quade, M. D. Glascock, and P. J. Brantingham, Characterization of obsidian from the Tibetan Plateau by XRF and NAA, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, 5: 392-399 (2016). 
  • Mathew, S. and C. Perreault, Behavioural variation in 172 small-scale societies indicates that social learning is the main mode of human adaptation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20150061 (2015).
  • K. Panchanathan, S. Mathew, and C. Perreault. Explaining group-level traits requires distinguishing process from product. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2014).
  • Rhode, D., P. J. Brantingham, C. Perreault, D. Madsen. Mind the gaps: testing for hiatuses in regional radiocarbon date sequences. Journal of Archaeological Science (2014).
  • P. J. Brantingham, X. Gao, D. B. Madsen, D. Rhode, C. Perreault, J. Woerd, and J. Olsen. Late occupation of the high-elevation northern Tibetan Plateau based on cosmogenic, luminescence, and radiocarbon ages. Geoarchaeology (2013).
  • Perreault, C., P. J. Brantingham, S. L. Kuhn, S. Wurz, G. Xing. Measuring the complexity of lithic technology. Current Anthropology (2013).
  • Perreault C. C. Moya and R. Boyd. A Bayesian approach to the evolution of social learning. Evolution and Human Behavior (2012).
  • Perreault, C. The pace of cultural evolution. PLoS One (2012).
  • C. Perreault and S. Mathew. Dating the origin of language using phonemic diversity. PLoS One, 7(4): e35289 (2012).
  • Kandler, A., C. Perreault and J. Steele. Cultural evolution in spatially structured populations: A review of alternative modeling frameworks. Advances in Complex Systems, 15(1-2).
  • Perreault C. The impact of site sample size on the reconstruction of culture-histories. American Antiquity (2011).
  • Brantingham P. J. and C. Perreault. Detecting the effects of selection and stochastic forces in archaeological assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37(12): 3122-3225.
  • Perreault, C. and P. J. Brantingham. Mobility-driven cultural transmission along the forager-collector continuum. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (2010).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 591Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
ASB 590Reading and Conference
Honors / Awards

2016 Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change