New York University

Core NYCEP faculty at NYU are based in the Biological Anthropology section of the doctoral program in the Department of Anthropology, with an emphasis on research broadly related to the study of human evolution, molecular primatology and primate behavior. All doctoral students in Biological Anthropology at NYU participate in NYCEP. Core faculty members advise students and conduct research in primate and human paleontology, evolutionary morphology, paleoecology, dental anthropology, molecular systematics, genetics, phylogeography, and primate behavior and life-history.

Core Faculty


Susan Antón

Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Human evolution


Shara Bailey

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Paleoanthropology, Modern human origins, Dental anthropology


Todd Disotell

Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Primate evolution, Molecular evolution, Molecular systematics, Phylogenetic analysis, Population genetics, Phylogeography, Computer modeling, Human evolution, Human variation


Terry Harrison

Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Fossil catarrhine primates, Early hominins, Comparative morphology, Functional anatomy, Neogene faunas from Africa and Eurasia, Paleoecology


James Higham

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Sexual selection, reproduction and life history, communication and sensory ecology, and cognition and the brain


Radu Iovita

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology (NYU) / Leader, ERC Group "PALAEOSILKROAD" (Tübingen)

New York University, University of Tübingen

Research interests: Paleolithic archaeology; Central Asia; Archaeological survey methods; Lithics; use-wear analysis; controlled experiments; Geometric Morphometrics


Scott Williams

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Functional morphology, Postcranial skeleton, Vertebral column, Morphological integration, Hominin evolution, Mammalian phylogeny, Life history, Longevity.

Resource Faculty and Postdocs


Tim Bromage

Professor, Department of Biomaterials

New York University College of Dentistry

Research interests: Hard tissue biology, organismal life history, chronobiology, human evolution, metabolic ecology


Andrew Burrell

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: population genetics, biogeography, papionin evolution


Joe Califf

Language Lecturer, Expository Writing Program

New York University

Research interests: Behavior; socioendocrinology; cognitive evolution; human evolution


Clifford Jolly

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Physical anthropology; primatology; serology; population genetics and speciation; East Africa and Asia.


Rodrigo Lacruz

Assistant Professor, Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology Department

NYU College of Dentistry

Research interests: enamel development of early hominins, histology, molecular biology/physiology


Alejandra Ortiz

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Hominin evolution, human skeletal biology, dental anthropology, comparative morphology, dispersal and cultural adaptations of modern humans


Milena Shattuck

Doctoral Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College

Research interests: primate evolution, molecular evolution, behavioral genetics and endocrinology, sexual selection, life history