Department of Anthropology

Zachary H. Garfield

Advisor: Edward H. Hagen
Position: PhD student
Office: VMMC 207

Curriculum vitae: PDF

Biographical sketch

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.

ResearchGate profile

Research

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.

Research projects

Selected publications

Articles and Chapters

LNK Hames RH, Garfield ZG, Garfield MJ 2017. Is Male Androphilia a Context-Dependent Cross-CulturalUniversal? Archives of Sexual Behavior.
PDF Garfield ZH, Garfield MJ, Hewlett BS 2016. A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Hunter-Gatherer Social Learning, In: Social Learning and Innovation in Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers, Hideaki Terashima and Barry Hewlett (ed.). Springer, 16-34.
PDF Syme KL, Garfield ZH, Hagen EH 2015. Testing the bargaining vs. inclusive fitness models of suicidal behavior against the ethnographic record. Evolution and Human Behavior.
LNK VanderLaan DP, Garfield ZH, Garfield MJ, Leca JP, Vasey PL, Hames RH 2014. The “female fertility–social stratification–hypergyny” hypothesis of male homosexual preference: factual, conceptual and methodological errors in Barthes et al. [Commentary]. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 445-447.

Other

LNK Garfield ZH 2017. Dominant Acts Expressed (Buss, 1981). Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1-6.

Focus group interview with young adults at the Chabu village Jifor.
 
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