Agustin Fuentes

Agustin Fuentes

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Professor of Anthropology
Chair of the Department of Anthropology

Office: 613 Flanner Hall
Phone: 574-631-5547

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Areas of Expertise

Biological anthropology, primatology and evolution of social organization and behavior, human evolution

Fuentes examines human evolution from several perspectives, and his research sheds light on some of the most common misconceptions about human nature, specifically in the areas of race, sex and aggression. He is the author of “Evolution of Human Behavior,” which examines how and why humans evolved behaviorally, and “Health, Risk and Adversity,” which provides a comparative approach to the analysis of health disparities and human adaptability and focuses on the pathways that lead to unequal health outcomes. Fuentes writes a blog for Psychology Today called “Busting Myths About Human Nature.”


It’s Not All Sex and Violence: Agustin Fuentes at TEDxUND

Notre Dame Anthropology: An Audacious Plan


‘Planet of the Apes’ fascination rooted in our similarity to primates
Continuing brain evolution tied to cultural behaviors


Record highs for Notre Dame research funding
Anthropologists Agustín Fuentes and Devi Snively on ‘Bride of Frankie’
Researchers in new Notre Dame center awarded $3.1M grant to study virtues in science
Notre Dame-based radio interview and discussion program to air on WVPE
Anthropology: An Audacious Plan
TEDxUND 2014 to explore ‘Creating Knowledge Together’
Reilly Center releases new publication on ethics and policy in science and technology
New book busts myths about sex, race and violence
Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates
Notre Dame anthropologist receives grant to explore human nature
Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows
Martin Luther King to be honored by Notre Dame events
Anthropologist researches evolution of Darwin’s theory
Spotlight: Myth-busting in human nature
Anthropologist publishes new book on human behavior
Early humans on the menu
Zoo provides prime habitats for service learning projects


New York Magazine — Creative Collaboration Is What Humans Do Best
NPR — It’s Not All Genes: Getting Evolution Right When Explaining Human Behavior
The Atlantic — Does Manspreading Work?
Georgia Public Radio — February 15, 2016: Dangerously Lonely | Sevendust Goes To The Grammys | Immigration Raids In Atlanta
The Atlantic — How the Gluteus Became Maximus
CBS News — Questions raised about mental health studies on baby monkeys at NIH labs
Huffington Post — Why the Ashley Madison Hack Can Save Your Marriage
Houston Chronicle — Romantic love: Is it in your heart or your microbes?
South China Morning Post — Thin line between apes and humans
Business Insider — The Origins Of Female ‘Bitchiness’
National Geographic — Explorers Share Tales of Epic Fails
Psychology Today — How to Not Be Racist
National Geographic — Crittercam Tracking a Monkey Between Two Worlds
National Geographic — Why Monkeys in the Middle Are More Stressed
NPR — The Napoleon Chagnon Wars Flare Up Again In Anthropology
National Geographic — Explorer Moment of the Week: Agustin Fuentes
Psychology Today — Why Is Sex So Complicated?
Psychology Today — Humans Need Intercourse
The Ledger — Residents Say Mystery Monkey Has Worn Out Welcome
Science — On Our Biocultural Nature
Huffington Post — Sex and Race Might Not Be What You Think: Two Things You Need to Know About Human Nature
Huffington Post — 7 Sex Myths Debunked
National Geographic Radio
Huffington Post — Is Inequality in Our Genes?