Yasawa Research Team 2016

Department of Anthropology
Rutgers University
131 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414                        

email:   matthew.m.gervais@gmail.com
phone: 424-288-1672
Skype: matthew.gervais

Welcome! I'm an evolutionary anthropologist with a psychological bent. I investigate modern human behavior, focusing on derived forms of human sociality--their proximate bases, evolutionary origins, and variation across individuals and populationsI have a regional focus in the Pacific, where I conduct ongoing fieldwork among villagers in Yasawa, Fiji.

I earned a PhD in Biological Anthropology from UCLA. My committee was chaired by Dan Fessler, and included Clark BarrettAlan Fiske, and Kerri Johnson. The intro to my dissertation gives a sketch of what I've been up to. Or see my most recent publications:
After spending a year as a Junior Research Fellow at the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at UC Santa Barbara, I left to take a postdoc in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University with Lee Cronkcollaborating on The Human Generosity Project and splitting my time between Rutgers and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Funded by the HGP, I've been investigating the social-relational bases of risk management strategies in Yasawa, Fiji, focusing on networks of risk-pooling reciprocity.