About

I am a Research Fellow in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, at Durham University. I am funded by an Addison Wheeler Fellowship, and an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant. Previous funding has come from the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the British Council, among others.

Most of my research to date has been focused on the origins, cognition, and evolution of human communication and language. More broadly, I study evolutionary and cognitive approaches to the human mind and human culture. I am available for media work on any of these topics; please do get in touch.

You can find pdf files of my published papers on the publications page. My first book, Speaking Our Minds, has recently been published.

In 2011 I received the New Investigator Award from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association’s New Investigator Award, in 2010 the British Psychological Society’s prize for Outstanding Doctoral Research, and in 2008 the Hurford Prize at Evolang, the biennial international conference on the evolution of language.

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