• Lee Cronk
  • Lee Cronk
  • Professor, Anthropology
  • Focus Area: Human Behavior and Ecology
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    Lee Cronk, a Professor in Rutgers' Department of Anthropology, is an evolutionary and cultural anthropologist. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1989. After receiving his degree, he taught at Texas A&M University for ten years. In 1999, he moved to Rutgers.



    Dr. Cronk’s approach to the study of human behavior incorporates both evolutionary theory and the concept of culture. He and his students conduct research among living peoples in a wide variety of settings, using innovative theories and methods to examine the role of culture in current behavioral adaptations. He has conducted fieldwork among the Maa-speaking Mukogodo of Kenya on such topics as cultural change, ethnicity, parental care, and cooperation. In addition, he has conducted fieldwork in Honduras on the negotiation of familial roles and among ranchers in the American Southwest on patterns of mutual aid. He has also conducted laboratory studies in the U.S. to explore the impact of social coordination norms on behavior.

    Dr. Cronk is co-director, with Athena Aktipis of Arizona State University, of the Human Generosity Project, a transdisciplinary effort to better understand the interrelationship between biological and cultural influences on human generosity through fieldwork, laboratory experiments, and computational modeling. To learn more about the Human Generosity Project, please visit our web site (humangenerosity.org).