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ALEXANDER H. BOLYANATZ

Professor of Anthropology

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Boulevard

Glen Ellyn, Illinois  60137–6599

630.942.2433

email: bolyanat@cod.edu

 

 

Education

1994               Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

1988               M.A. Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

1982               M.A. Sociology, University of Texas, Arlington

1978               B.A. Anthropology, Lawrence University

 

 

Positions Held

2008–             Professor of Anthropology, College of DuPage

2005–2008    Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of DuPage

2004–2005    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of DuPage

2001–2004    Assistant Professor, Humanities Core Program, Benedictine University

1997–2001    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Wheaton College

1995–1997    Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Wheaton College

1994–1995    Lecturer in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

 

 

Research and Teaching Interests                                                                           


Anthropological Theory

Culture and Cognition

Evolutionary Psychology                                                          

Melanesian Ethnography

Psychological Anthropology

Religion and Society                                                                 

Social Anthropology                                                                 

Linguistic Anthropology


  

Current Project

“Inalienability as a Mental Module.”  Paper currently being revised for resubmission to Human Nature.  Kevin Birth, Queens-CUNY, co-author

“Morality and Cheater-Detection.”  Research project currently conducted with Daniel Fessler, Department of Anthropology, UCLA.

 “Culture and the Mind.”  United Kingdom Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded research project headed by Steve Laurence, PI.

 

 

Books

2004               Pacific Romanticism: Tahiti and the European Imagination.  Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Press.

2000               Mortuary Feasting on New Ireland: The Activation of Matriliny Among the Sursurunga.  Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey.

 

 

Articles

1998               Where is Claes Pietersz Bay?: An Episode in the History of the Sursurunga of New Ireland.  Ethnohistory 45:319–347.

1995               Second Reply to Watson-Franke.  Anthropos 90:585–586.

1995               Matriliny and Revisionist Anthropology.  Anthropos 90:169–180.

1994               Defending Against Grief on New Ireland: The Place of Mortuary Feasting in Sursurunga Society.  Journal of Ritual Studies 8:115–133.

1994               Legitimacy, Coercion, and Leadership Among the Sursurunga of Southern New Ireland.  Ethnology 33:53–63.

 

 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Forthcoming Courtesy and Method in Ethnography.  In Essays in Honor of Donald F. Tuzin.  Canberra: Australian National University Press

Forthcoming         New Ireland.  In Fairness and Punishment in Cross-Cultural Perspective.  New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

2011               2010    Demonstrating Balanced Reciprocity and Fairness.  In Strategies for Teaching Anthropology, 6th ed.  P. C. Rice, D. W. McCurdy, and S. Lukas, eds.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

2010               2010    Does the Use of Money Affect Results in Experimental Games?: Comparing Cash and Betel Nut in Dictator and Ultimatum Games on New Ireland.  In A Mosaic of Languages and Cultures: Studies Celebrating the Career  of Karl J. Franklin, K. A. McElhanon and G. Reesink, eds.  Pp. 327–350.  Dallas: SIL International.

2007               2008    Rethinking the Arbitrariness of Language.  In Strategies for Teaching Anthropology, 5th ed.  P. C. Rice and D. W. McCurdy, eds.                  Pp. 61–65.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

2005               2006    Holding a “Witch Election.”  In Strategies for Teaching Anthropology, 4th ed.  P. C. Rice and D. W. McCurdy, eds.  Pp. 131–133.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

1996               2004    Musings on Matriliny: Understandings and Social Relations Among the Sursurunga of New Ireland.  In Gender, Kinship, Power.  M.J. Maynes, A. Waltner, B. Soland, and U. Strasser, eds. Pp. 81–97.  London: Routledge.

 

 

Other Articles

2002     Our Propensity to Delude Ourselves: Institutionalized Defense Mechanisms in the Church.  Christian Counseling Today 10(3):34–37.

2001               Gender and Residence in Southern New Ireland.  Notes on Anthropology 5:61–73.

1999               Culture and Cognition.  Encyclopedia of Psychology, 2nd ed., D.G. Benner, ed.  Pp. 305–307.  Grand Rapids: Baker Books.

1998               Watching Our P’s and Q’s in Teaching Anthropology.  Anthropology Newsletter 39(8):15.

1998               Economic Cooperatives, Development, and Matriliny in Papua New Guinea.  Notes on Anthropology 2:31–49.

 

 

 

Co-Authored Articles

2010               The “Spiteful” Origins of Human Cooperation.  With Frank W. Marlowe, J. Collette Berbesque, Clark Barrett, Michael Gurven, and David Tracer.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: published online before print 15 December 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2342.

2010               Markets, Religion, Community Size and the Evolution of Fairness and Punishment.  With Joseph Henrich (Corresponding Author), Richard McElreath, Abigail Barr, Jean Ensminger, Clark Barrett, Juan Camilo Cardenas, Michael Gurven, Edwins Gwako, Natalie Henrich, Carolyn Lesorogol, Frank Marlowe, David Tracer, and John Ziker.  Science 327:1480–1484.

2009               Homo Æqualis: A Cross-Society Experimental Analysis of Three Bargaining Games.  With Abigail Margaret Barr (Corresponding Author), Jean Ensminger, Joe Henrich, Chris Wallace, H. Clark Barrett, Juan-Camilo Cárdenas, Michael Gurven, Edwins Gwako, Carolyn Lesorogol, Frank Marlowe, Richard McElreath, David Tracer, and John Ziker.  Oxford University Department of Economics Discussion Paper #422.  (Also available at Documento CEDE No. 2009-09.  Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1485862)

2008               More “Altruistic” Punishment in Larger Societies.  With Frank W. Marlowe (Corresponding Author), J. Colette Berbesque, Abigail Barr, Clark Barrett, Juan Camilo Cardenas, Jean Ensminger, Michael Gurven, Edwins Gwako, Joseph Henrich, Natalie Henrich, Carolyn Lesorogol, Richard McElreath, and David Tracer.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 587–590.

2006               Costly Punishment Across Human Societies.  With Joseph Henrich (Corresponding Author), Richard McElreath, Abigail Barr, Jean Ensminger, Clark Barrett, Juan Camilo Cardenas, Michael Gurven, Edwins Gwako, Natalie Henrich, Carolyn Lesorogol, Frank Marlowe, David Tracer, and John Ziker.  Science 312 (5781): 1767–1770.

2005               A Cross-Cultural Investigation of the Role of Foot Size in Physical Attractiveness.  With D. M. T. Fessler (Corresponding Author), D. Nettle, Y. Afshar, I. de Andrade Pinheiro, M. Borgerhoff Mulder, M. Cravalho, T. Delgado, B. Gruzd, M. Oliveira Correia, D. Khaltourina, A. Korotayev, J. Marrow, L. Santiago de Souza, and A. Zbarauskaite.  Archives of Sexual Behavior 34:267–276.

 

 

 

Review Article

1995               “Hegemony and Voice in Papua New Guinea.”  Review of Constructing Inequality by R. C. Kelly and Voices of Conflict by A.J. Strathern.  American Anthropologist 97:139–141.

 

 

Book Reviews

2006               Review of Tattoo: An Anthropology.  Makiko Kuwahara.  Oxford: Berg.  The American Historical Review 111:1494–1495.

2005               Review of Captain Cook: Explorations and Reassessments.  Glyndwyr Williams, ed.  Suffolk: The Boydell Press.  The American Historical Review 110:1512–1514.

2005               Review of The Myth of the Noble Savage.  Ter Ellingson.  Berkeley: University of California Press: 2001.  Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 11:589–592.

1997              Review of Articulating Change in the “Last Unknown” by F. K. Errington and D. B. Gewertz.  Pacific Studies 19:151–153.

1996               With Thomas N. Headland.  Review of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Continuity and Change by M.L. Goldberger, B.A. Maher, and P.E. Flattau, eds.  Notes on Linguistics 75:38–40.

 

 

Theses and Dissertation

1994               “Matriliny and Mortuary Feasting Among the Sursurunga of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.”  Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

1988               “Leadership, Exchange and Coffee in the New Guinea Highlands: The Impact of a Cash Crop on Traditional Social Institutions.”  M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

1982               “The Image of Limited Good and A.V. Chayanov: An Ethnometaphysical Comparison.”  M.A. thesis, Department of Sociology, University of Texas, Arlington.

 

 

Research

2010               Field research in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

2009               Field research in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

2005               Field research in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

2004               Contract research in Chicago, Illinois

2003               Field research in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

2003               Contract research in Santa Barbara, California

2002               Field research in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

2002               Contract research in Neenah, Wisconsin

2002               Contract research in Washington County, Iowa

2001               Contract research in Erie, Pennsylvania

1998               Field research in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

1989–1992    Ph.D. dissertation research in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

1983–1986    Sociolinguistic research in Papua New Guinea under the auspices of the Summer Institute of Linguistics

1983               M.A. thesis research in Oaxaca, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formal Presentations

2009               “Playing the Ultimatum Game in Class.”  Invited paper delivered to the session entitled “Strategies in Teaching Anthropology.”  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, 2–6 December 2009.

2007               “Challenging Sound-Meaning Arbitrariness in Language.”  Invited paper delivered to the session entitled “Strategies in Teaching Anthropology.”  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, 28 November–2 December 2007.

2007               “Cultural Anthropology.”  Invited comments delivered to the session entitled “Current Issues in Anthropology: Five Field Update.”  Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, 28 November–2 December 2007.

2006               Community, Relativism, and Economic Determinism.”  Paper delivered to the Community College Humanities Association Central Region Conference, Chicago, 9–11 November 2006.

2005               “Holding a Witch Election.”  Invited paper presented to the session entitled “Strategies in Teaching Anthropology 2005,” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, 30 November–4 December 2005

2000     “On the Integration of Faith and Learning.”  Paper presented as an Invited Participant at conference entitled “Christian Perspectives on Anthropological Theory,” Biola University, La Mirada, California, 6–9 April 2000

 

1999               Participant in Roundtable Discussion entitled “Teaching Psychological Anthropology as Part of a Liberal Arts Curriculum,” 5th biennial meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, Albuquerque, 22–25 September 1999.

1996               “The Pacific Origins of the ‘Noble Savage’: A Historical Accident and its Aftermath.”  Paper presented to the session entitled “Theoretical Retrospectives,” 95th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 20–25 November 1996.

 Formal Presentations

1994                    “Fathers, Cash, and the ‘Matrilineal Puzzle’ on Southern New Ireland.”  Paper presented to the session entitled “What Do Melanesians Want?: Desire, Development and Visions of Social Transformation in the Contemporary Pacific,” 93rd annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, 30 November–4 December 1994.

1993               “The Cultural Construction of Household Membership in Southern New Ireland.”  Paper presented to the session entitled “The Politics of

                        Residence,” 92nd annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, 17–21 November 1993.

1993               “The Logic of Matriliny.”  Paper Presented to the Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, 8 November 1993.

1992               “‘My Son Married My Mother’: Affinal Kin Terminology Among the Sursurunga of Southern New Ireland.”  Paper presented to the session entitled “Studies in Kinship,” 91st annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 2–6 December 1992.

1992               “The Place of Grieving on New Ireland.”  Paper presented to the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University, 11 March 1992.  Also presented to the Department of Anthropology, University of Queensland, 8 March 1992.

1992               “Patrifiliation, Residence, and Matrilineal Descent.”  Paper presented to the conference entitled “Matriliny and Patriliny in Historical and Comparative Perspective,” University of Minnesota, 30 March–2 April 1992.

1989               “Differentiated Responses to Evangelization: A Case Study from Irian Jaya.”  Paper presented to the session entitled “Christianity and Colonialism,” 87th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Phoenix, 16–20 November 1989.

 

 

Service

2009               Member, Honors Program Presidential Commission, College of DuPage

2009               Member, Program Committee, Community College Humanities Association National Meeting

2007               Member, Program Committee, Community College Humanities Association Central Regional Meeting

2006–2007    Chair, Grade Appeals Committee, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, College of DuPage

2006               Presenter, Academic Diversity: Ethnicity in the Classroom to Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Faculty, College of DuPage

2005–2008    Spokesperson for Anthropology Program at College of DuPage for annual events: Majors Fair, Junior/Senior Night, College Faire

2005               Founder, Anthropology Club, College of DuPage

2003–2004    Chair, Monthly Colloquium Series, Benedictine University

1999–2001    Chair, Enrollment Management and Student Life Committee, Wheaton College

1998               Member, Enrollment Management and Student Life Committee, Wheaton College

 

 

Advising/Consulting

2006               Senior Analyst for Chuck Thomas Creative (Branding/Marketing Consultant, St. Charles, Illinois)

2005               Senior Analyst for Chuck Thomas Creative

2003               Senior Analyst for Chuck Thomas Creative

2000               hngr (Internship Program, Wheaton College), Maputo, Moçambique

2000               hngr Program, Delhi, India

1999               hngr Program, Durban, Cape Town, South Africa

1998               hngr Program, Moyobamba, Perú

1997               hngr Program, San José, Costa Rica

1997               hngr Program, Catacamas, Honduras

 

 

Professional Activities

2008               Manuscript review for Oxford University Press

2008               Manuscript review for History of the Human Sciences

2006               Manuscript review for Bijdragen tot de Taal- en Volkenkunde

2000               Manuscript review for Museum of Cultures Press, Dallas.

1999               Manuscript review for University of California Press

1996               Chair of the session entitled “Theoretical Retrospectives,” 95th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 20–24 November 1996.

1993               Co-organizer and co-chair of the session entitled “The Politics of Residence,” 92nd annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, 17–21 November 1993.

 

 

Awards

2009               Outstanding Faculty, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, College of DuPage

 

 

Grants

2011               United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Intention to Fund) for “Somatic, Technological, and Social Determinants of Perception and Action,” Daniel M. T. Fessler (UCLA), PI

2008               Arts and Humanities Research Council for “Culture and the Mind;” Stephen Laurence (University of Sheffield), PI

2002               National Science Foundation for “The Roots of Human Sociality;” Jean Ensminger (Cal Tech) & Joe Henrich (Emory University), PIs

1997               Faculty Research Grant, Alumni Office, Wheaton College

1992               Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Fellowship

1989               Research Grant from the Institute for Intercultural Studies

1989               Research Grant from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, University of California, San Diego

 

 

Professional Memberships

American Anthropological Association

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Society for Anthropological Sciences

Society for Psychological Anthropology