Selected Publications and Working Papers

Citations  (Google Scholar, 5/14/17):  10,900 citations for 78 publications (excluding ephemera); Hirsch index = 42, i-10 index = 62

1. Books and Journal Issues

Inujjuamiut Foraging Strategies: Evolutionary Ecology of an Arctic Hunting Economy. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter (1991).

Evolutionary Ecology and Human Behavior. Ed. E. A. Smith & B. Winterhalder. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter (1992).

Contested Arctic: Indigenous Peoples, Nation States, and Circumpolar Environments. Ed. E. A. Smith and J. McCarter. Seattle: U of Washington Press (1997).

Special double issue on “The evolution of culture.” Evolutionary Anthropology volume 12, issues 2 & 3.  Ed. C. H. Janson and E. A. Smith (2003).

Special issue on "Inequality and the intergenerational transmission of wealth" (8 articles). Current Anthropology February 2010, Vol. 51, No. 1: 7-126.

Society and Environment: Research Methods and Design, ed. Ismael Vaccaro,  Eric A. Smith, and Shankar Aswani.  Cambridge University Press (2010).

2. Articles and Chapters

Human territoriality: an ecological reassessmentAmerican Anthropologist 80: 21-41. (1978)  [Click here for version in Spanish]

Anthropological applications of optimal foraging theory: a critical reviewCurrent Anthropology 24: 625-51. (1983)

Inuit hunting groups: some simple models incorporating conflicts of interest, relatedness, and central-place sharing. Ethology and Sociobiology  6:27-47 (1985).  (Reprinted in Human Nature: A Critical Reader, ed. Laura M. Betzig, pp 50-69. Oxford University Press, 1996).

On fitness maximization, limited needs, and hunter-gatherer time allocationEthology and Sociobiology 8: 73-85. (1987)

Optimization theory in anthropology: applications and critiques.  In The Latest on the Best:  Essays on Evolution and Optimality, ed. John Dupre, pp. 201-49.  Cambridge, MA: Bradford Books/MIT Press. (1987)

Risk and uncertainty in the "original affluent society": evolutionary ecology of resource sharing and land tenure.  In Hunters and Gatherers:  History, Evolution, and Social Change, ed. T. Ingold, D. Riches, and J. Woodburn, pp. 222-52.  Oxford: Berg. (1988)

Risk and reciprocity: hunter-gatherer socioecology and the problem of collective action (with Robert Boyd).  In Risk and Uncertainty in Tribal and Peasant Economies, ed. E. Cashdan, pp. 167-191.  Boulder, CO: Westview Press. (1990)

Inuit sex ratio variation: population control, ethnographic artifact, or parental manipulation? (With S. Abigail Smith.) Current Anthropology 35: 595-624 (1994).

Sex is not enough. In Evolution and Human Behavior: A Critical Reader, ed. Laura M. Betzig, pp. 70-72. Oxford University Press (1996).

Is it evolution yet? A critique of evolutionary archaeology (2nd author with James Boone). Current Anthropology 39:S141-S173 (1998).

Is Tibetan polyandry adaptive? Methodological and metatheoretical critiques. Human Nature 9(3):225-261 (1998).

Analyzing adaptive strategies: human behavioral ecology at twenty-five (2nd author with Bruce Winterhalder). Evolutionary Anthropology 9:51-72 (2000).

Three styles in the evolutionary study of human behavior. In Human Behavior and Adaptation: An Anthropological Perspective, edited by Lee Cronk, William Irons, and Napoleon Chagnon, pp 27.46. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter (2000).

Turtle hunting and tombstone openings: Generosity and costly signaling (co-authored with Rebecca Bliege Bird). Evolution and Human Behavior 21:245-61 (2000).

Evolutionary analyses of human behaviour: a commentary on Daly & Wilson (co-authored with Monique Borgerhoff Mulder and Kim Hill). Animal Behaviour 60:F20-F26 (2000).

Conservation and subsistence in small-scale societies (coauthored with Mark Wishnie). Annual Review of Anthropology 29:493-524 (2000).

Controversies in the evolutionary social sciences: A guide to the perplexed (coauthored with Monique Borgerhoff Mulder and Kim Hill.) Trends in Ecology & Evolution 16:128-135 (2001). (Reprinted 2010 in Evolutionary Psychology, Volume II, ed. S. Linquist & N. Levy.  The International Library of Essays on Evolutionary Thought, Ashgate Publishing.)

The hunting handicap: costly signaling in male foraging strategies (co-authored with Rebecca Bliege Bird and Douglas Bird). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 50:9-19 (2001).

On the coevolution of cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity. In Language, Knowledge, and the Environment: The Interdependence of Biological and Cultural Diversity, edited by Luisa Maffi. Smithsonian Institution Press (2001).

Cooperation and costly signaling (coauthored with Herbert Gintis and Samuel Bowles). Journal of Theoretical Biology 213:103-119 (2001).

Risk and reciprocity in Meriam food-sharing (coauthored with Rebecca Bliege Bird, Doug Bird, and Geoff Kushnick). Evolution and Human Behavior 23:297-321 (2002).

The benefits of costly signaling: Meriam turtle hunters. (coauthored with Rebecca Bliege Bird and Doug Bird). Behavioral Ecology 14(1):116-126 (2003).

The evolution of culture: new perspectives and evidence (coauthored with Charles H. Janson). Evolutionary Anthropology 12(2):57-60 (2003).

Human cooperation: perspectives from behavioral ecology.  In Genetic and Cultural Evolution of Cooperation, ed. P. Hammerstein, pp. 401-427.  Cambridge, MA:  The MIT Press (2003).

Why do good hunters have higher reproductive success?  Human Nature 15(4):342-363 (2004).

Signaling theory, strategic interaction, and symbolic capital (coauthored with Rebecca Bliege Bird).  Current Anthropology 46(2):221-248 (2005).

Costly signaling and cooperative behavior. (coauthored with Rebecca Bliege Bird).  In Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: The Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life, ed. H. Gintis, S. Bowles, R. Boyd, and E. Fehr, pp. 115-148.  Cambridge, MA:  The MIT Press (2005).

Anthropological schismsAnthropology Newsletter, American Anthropological Association.  January 2006, pp. 8-11.

Reconstructing the evolution of the human mind.  In The Evolution of Mind, ed. S. Gangestad and J. Simpson, pp 53-59.  NY: Guilford (2007).

The emergence of inequality in small-scale societies: Simple scenarios and agent-based simulations (coauthored with Jung-Kyoo Choi).  In The Model-based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems, ed. T. Kohler and S. van der Leeuw, pp 105-119. Santa Fe: SAR Press (2007).

Borgerhoff Mulder, Monique, Samuel Bowles, Tom Hertz, Adrian Bell, Jan Beise, Greg Clark, Ila Fazzio, Michael Gurven, Kim Hill, Paul L. Hooper, William Irons, Hillard Kaplan, Donna Leonetti, Bobbi Low, Frank Marlowe, Richard McElreath, Suresh Naidu, David Nolin, Patrizio Piraino, Rob Quinlan, Eric Schniter, Rebecca Sear, Mary Shenk, Eric A. Smith , Christopher von Rueden, and Polly Wiessner (2009) Intergenerational wealth transmission and the dynamics of inequality in small-scale societies. Science 326:682-688.

Lyle, Henry F., Eric Alden Smith , and Roger Sullivan (2009) Blood donations as costly signals of donor quality. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 7(4):263-286.

Bowles, Samuel, Eric Alden Smith , and Monique Borgerhoff Mulder (2010) The emergence and persistence of inequality in premodern societies: Introduction. Current Anthropology 51(1): 7-17.

Smith, Eric Alden, Kim Hill, Frank W. Marlowe, David Nolin, Polly Wiessner, Michael Gurven, Samuel Bowles, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Tom Hertz, and Adrian Bell (2010) Wealth transmission and inequality among hunter-gatherers. Current Anthropology 51(1): 19-34.

Smith, Eric Alden, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Samuel Bowles, Michael Gurven, Tom Hertz, and Mary K. Shenk (2010) Production systems, inheritance, and inequality in premodern societies: Conclusions. Current Anthropology 51(1): 85-94.

Smith, Eric Alden, Samuel Bowles, Tom Hertz, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Mary K. Shenk, and Michael Gurven (2010) Intergenerational wealth transmission and inequality in premodern societies: Reply. Current Anthropology 51(1): 119-126.

Smith, Eric Alden (2010) Communication and collective action: The role of language in human cooperationEvolution and Human Behavior 31:231-245.

Smith, Eric Alden (2011) Endless forms: Human behavioral diversity and evolved universalsPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 366:325-332.


Smith, Eric Alden, Michael Gurven, and Monique Borgerhoff Mulder (2011) Letter in response to Kuper & MarksNature 470:166-168.

Bliege Bird, Rebecca, Brooke Scelza, Douglas W. Bird, and Eric Alden Smith . The hierarchy of virtue: mutualism, altruism, and signaling in Martu women’s cooperative huntingEvolution and Human Behavior 33:64-78 (2012).

Lyle, Henry F. and Eric Alden Smith (2012) How conservative are evolutionary anthropologists? A survey of political attitudes. Human Nature 23(3):306-322.

Trumble, Benjamin C., Daniel Cummings, Christopher von Rueden, Kathleen A. O’Connor, Eric A. Smith, Michael Gurven, and Hillard Kaplan (2012) Physical competition increases testosterone among Amazonian forager-horticulturalists: a test of the “challenge hypothesis.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:2907-2912.

Chabot-Hanowell, Benjamin & Eric Alden Smith (2013) Territorial and non-territorial routes to power: Reconciling evolutionary ecological, social agency and historicist approaches. In Territoriality in Archaeology (ed. J. Osborne & N. P. VanValkenburgh). Washington, D.C.: Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association.

Smith, Eric A. (2013) Evolutionary anthropology. Encyclopedia of Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology, ed. J. McGee and R.L. Warms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Trumble, Benjamin C., Daniel K.Cummings, Kathleen A. O’Connor, Darryl J. Holman, Eric A. Smith, Hillard S. Kaplan, and Michael D. Gurven (2013) Age-independent increases in male salivary testosterone during horticultural activity among Tsimane forager-farmers.  Evolution and Human Behavior 34 (5): 350-357.

Smith, Eric A. (2013) Agency and adaptation: new perspectives in evolutionary anthropology. Annual Review of Anthropology 42:103-120.

Trumble, Benjamin C., Eric A. Smith, Kathleen A. O'Connor, Hillard S. Kaplan, and Michael D. Gurven (2014) Successful hunting increases testosterone and cortisol in a subsistence population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281.

Lyle, Henry F. and Eric Alden Smith (2014) The reputational and social network benefits of prosociality in an Andean community . Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 111 (13): 4820-4825.

Smith, Jennifer E., Sergey Gavrilets, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Paul L. Hooper, Claire El Mouden, Daniel Nettle, Christoph Hauert, Kim Hill, Susan Perry, Anne E. Pusey, Mark van Vugt, and Eric A. Smith (2016) Leadership in mammalian societies: emergence, distribution, power, and payoff. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31 (1): 54-66. (see also Supplementary Material)

Mattison, Siobhan, Eric A. Smith , Mary K. Shenk, and Ethan Cochrane (2016) The evolution of inequality. Evolutionary Anthropology 25:184-199.


Smith, Eric A. (2016) Status effects on men's reproductive success. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 113(39): 10739–10741.


3. Working papers or in press

Hooper, Paul L., Eric A. Smith, Timothy A. Kohler, Henry Wright and Hillard S. Kaplan (in press) Ecological and social dynamics of territoriality and hierarchy formation. In Principles of Complexity: An Introduction to Complex Adaptive Systems and Human Society, ed. Jeremy A. Sabloff et al.. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Last revised:  5/14/17

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