Agustín Fuentes

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Office Location: 
123 Aaron Burr Hall
Office Hours: 
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
9:00 am-10:00 am

By appointment. WASE

Teaching (Fall 2021)
Introduction to Anthropology (ANT 201)
We Were Never Alone: Multispecies Ecologies in the Anthropocene (ANT 426)
Co-seminar in Anthropology (Half-Term): An Integrative Anthropology of BioCulture (ANT 503B)


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Human evolution, Human variation, Human health and wellbeing, Race/Racism, Sex/Gender, Multispecies anthropology, Ethnoprimatology, Evolutionary theory, and debates surrounding Human Nature(s)

Short Bio
Prof. Fuentes is an anthropologist whose research focuses on the biosocial, delving into the entanglement of biological systems with the social and cultural lives of humans, our ancestors, and a few of the other animals with whom humanity shares close relations. From chasing monkeys in jungles and cities, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining human health, behavior, and diversity across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our close relations tick. Earning his BA/BS in Anthropology and Zoology and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, he has conducted research across four continents, multiple species, and two-million years of human history. His current projects include exploring cooperation, creativity, and belief in human evolution, multispecies anthropologies, evolutionary theory and processes, and engaging race and racism. Fuentes is an active public scientist, a well-known blogger, lecturer, tweeter, and an explorer for National Geographic. Fuentes was recently awarded the Inaugural Communication & Outreach Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the President’s Award from the American Anthropological Association, and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Publications List: 

Fuentes, A, (2019) Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being. Yale University Press/Templeton Press

Fuentes, A. (2017) The Creative Spark: how imagination made humans exceptional  Dutton/Penguin
2017 Romanian Translation (Publica), 2017 Chinese Translation (CITIC Publishing House), 2018 Spanish Translation (Ariel/Planeta), 2018 Korean Translation (Chungrim Publishing Co.)

Dore, K.M., Riley, E.P. and Fuentes, A. (2017) Ethnoprimatology: A Practical Guide to Research at the Human-Nonhuman Interface Cambridge University Press

Fuentes, A. and Visala, A. (2016) Conversations on Human Nature. Left Coast Press/Routledge

Fuentes, A. (2012) Race, Monogamy and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature University of California Press (winner: 2016 WW Howells award)

MacClancy, J. and Fuentes, A. (2013) Ethics in the field: contemporary challenges. Berghahn Press

Panter-Brick, C. and Fuentes, A. (2008) Health, Risk, and Adversity Berghahn Press

Recent Articles

Fuentes, A. (2020) A (Bio)anthropological View of the COVID-19 Era Midstream: Beyond the Infection, Anthropology Now, 12:1, 24-32, DOI: 10.1080/19428200.2020.1760635

Marcantonio, R. and Fuentes, A. (2020) A Clear Past and A Murky Future: Life in the Anthropocene on the Pampana River, Sierra Leone. LAND 9, 72; 

Fuentes, A. (2019) Identities, Experiences, and Beliefs: On Challenging Normativities in Biological Anthropology American Anthropologist 121(2) DOI: 10.1111/aman.13227

Fuentes, A. (2019) Holobionts, multispecies ecologies, and the biopolitics of care: Emerging landscapes of praxis in a medical anthropology of the Anthropocene Medical Anthropology Quarterly 33(1):156-162 

 Fuentes, A (2018) Towards integrative anthropology again and again: disorderly becomings of a (biological) anthropologist Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 43:3-4, 333-347 DOI:10.1080/03080188.2018.1524236 

Kissel, M. and Fuentes, A. (2018) ‘Behavioral modernity’ as a process, not an event, in the human niche Time and Mind 11(2):163-183, DOI:10.1080/1751696X.2018.1469230 

Fuentes, A. (2018) How humans and apes are different, and why it matters Journal of Anthropological Research 74(2):151-167 

Anton, A.C., Malhi, R.S., and Fuentes, A. (2018) Race and diversity in U.S. Biological Anthropology: A decade of AAPA initiatives. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 165(S65):158-180 DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23382

Fuentes A. (2017) Human niche, human behaviour, human nature. Interface Focus 7: 20160136.

Kissel, M. and Fuentes, A. (2017) Semiosis in the Pleistocene Cambridge Archaeological Journal 27(3): 1-16 

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) 

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

Fuentes, A. and Rouse, C. (2016) New Articulations of Biological Difference in the 21st Century: a conversation Anthropology Now 9(3)