NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Michelle Brown

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology University of California, Santa Barbara


B.A. 2000, Harvard University M.A. 2005, Columbia University Ph.D. 2011, Columbia University



Overview of Research

I am studying intergroup relationships in grey-cheeked mangabeys and redtail monkeys in Kibale National Park, Uganda, to determine the factors that cause males and/or females to participate in group-level contests. I'm also seeking to understand what causes some species to defend a specific home range boundary whereas others are more fluid in their socio-spatial dynamics.


2007. M. Brown and M. Cords. Spatial position and dominance rank in blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis stuhlmanni). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 132(S44): 81. [abstract]

2002. Hare, B., Brown, M., Williamson, C., and Tomasello, M. The domestication of social cognition in dogs. Science 298: 1634-1636.