I am a research fellow in the Anthropology department at Durham University, funded by an Addison Wheeler Fellowship, and an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant.
I research the evolutionary origins of culture and the human mind, particularly communication and language, and I blog (very occasionally) about those topics, and related ones, here. I am keen to take on PhD. students in any of these areas, and I have a number of suitable projects. Prospective students, please do get in touch.
From autumn 2004 until spring 2012 I was based at the University of Edinburgh, where I completed an MSc., PhD., and two postdoctoral fellowships. Most of my research to date has been concerned with the origins and cognition of language and communication. You can find pdf files of my published papers on the publications page.
In 2010 I received the British Psychological Society’s award for Outstanding Doctoral Research, and in 2011 the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association’s New Investigator Award.