Department of Anthropology
Zachary H. Garfield
Advisor: Edward H. Hagen
Position: PhD student
Office: VMMC 207
Curriculum vitae: PDF
I received a B.A. with highest distinction in anthropology and psychology from the University of Nebraska‒Lincoln in 2012 and completed my M.A. in evolutionary anthropology at WSU in 2015.
My research focuses on political leadership and understanding strategies of leadership and followership in small-scale societies. I use comparative methods to evaluate established theoretical models. My MA thesis tested three evolutionary theoretical models of leadership cross-culturally in the ethnographic record.
Currently, I am working on assessing the qualities and functions of leaders and the costs and benefits of leadership for leaders and followers using ethnographic data.
I conduct fieldwork in the forests of Southwest Ethiopia with the Chabu forager-horticulturalists and am investigating the utility of the dominance-prestige model, and others, in understanding formal leadership positions in this egalitarian society. The Ethiopian government has implemented the Kebele system of neighborhood administration among the Chabu, which entails local people electing individuals for specific leadership roles. My Ph.D. research will analyze the nature of this hierarchical leadership system in the context of an egalitarian social structure.
Future field research with the Chabu will investigate sex differences in leadership processes in the context of collective activities.
Articles and Chapters
Focus group interview with young adults at the Chabu village Jifor.
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