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 and Chair 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

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Primate socio-ecology; life-history; sexual and social strategies and conflict; behavioral endocrinology; animal communication; conservation of biological diversity.


Scott Williams

Assistant 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


Tim Bromage

Professor Department of Biomaterials New York University College of Dentistry Honorary Research Fellow Department of Paleoanthropology Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany Adjunct Professor of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


Clifford Jolly

Professor Emeritus 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


Randall White

Professor Department of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Paleolithic Europe; prehistoric art; archaeological approaches to the technologies of ancient hunter-gatherers; France