SHANE JAMES MACFARLAN

Biosketch

SHANE JAMES MACFARLAN portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department

Research

Research Summary

I am a cultural anthropologist whose research combines evolutionary, economic, and ecological approaches to human behavior and cognition. I employ mixed methods to investigate how kinship, social networks, spatial proximity, and reputations affect cooperation, conflict, and the use of natural resources. Currently, I perform research in a rural ranching community in Baja California Sur, Mexico and in a horticultural, Afro-Caribbean village on the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Research Keywords

  • Sustainability, Interest Level: 5
  • Social Network Analysis, Interest Level: 4
  • Reputations & Status, Interest Level: 5
  • Latin America & the Caribbean, Interest Level: 5
  • Economic & Ecological Anthropology, Interest Level: 5
  • Cooperation, Interest Level: 5

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Historical Demography and Local Population History of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. PI: Shane J Macfarlan. Center for Latin American Studies - University of Utah, 06/2017 - 07/2017. Total project budget to date: $1,100.00
  • Oasiana-Ranchero Culture & Aridland Spring Sustainability in Baja California Sur, Mexico. PI: Shane J Macfarlan. Center for Latin American Studies - University of Utah, 05/2016 - 06/2016. Total project budget to date: $1,500.00
  • OASIS RANCHERS & MANAGEMENT SE. PI: MACFARLAN,SHANE JAMES. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FO, 07/01/2015 - 08/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $32,443.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Group-Level Reputations and Cultural Group Selection. PI: Shane J. Macfarlan. 01/2017 - present.
  • The effect of social networks on inequality: A longitudinal cross-cultural investigation. PI: Jeremy Koster. Co-PI(s): Paul Hopper. 09/01/2016 - 08/31/2021.
  • Dynamics of Social Organization, Ecological Knowledge and Water Quality in the Context of Gold Mining in Ecuador. PI: Bill Johnson. Co-PI(s): Shane J Macfarlan. 07/2015 - present.