Henry C Harpending
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
University of Utah
270 South 1440 East, Room 102
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0060
||harpend at gmail dot com
|| (801) 581-3776 (office)
||(801) 581-6251 (department)
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am an anthropologist interested in preindustrial populations, the
history of modern humans, and the evolution of human social life. My
recent work is about genetic diversity within and between human
populations. Some genetic markers, such as mitochondrial DNA,
microsatellites, and quantitative traits, evolve rapidly enough to
have information about size and isolation of subpopulations in the
recent past. We have found evidence that our species had only a few
thousand members during the last interglacial and that there were
several subsequent demographic expansions, the earliest among the
ancestors of contemporary sub-Saharan Africans. I have also done
fieldwork with several groups in southern Africa, concentrating on
family demographic histories. My particular interests have been the
effects of infectious infertility on population structure,
consequences of preferential treatment of children by sex for
mortality and for growth and development, and the relationships among
wealth, family organization, and individual reproductive outcomes.
My CV is here.
Fall 2014 course material is here.
- Cochran, Gregory, and Henry Harpending. 2009. The 10,000 Year Explosion:
How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution. Basic Books.
- Harpending, H., and G. Cochran. 2006. 'Genetic diversity and
genetic burden in humans.' Infection, Genetics and Evolution
- Hawks, J., E. T. Wang, G. M. Cochran, H. C. Harpending, and
R. K. Moyzis. 2007. 'Recent acceleration of human adaptive evolution.'
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
104:20753-20758. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0707650104
- Cochran, G., J. Hardy, and H. Harpending. 2006. 'Natural history
of Ashkenazi intelligence.' Journal of Biosocial Science
- Eswaran, V., H. Harpending, and A. R. Rogers. 2005. 'Genomics
refutes an exclusively African origin of humans.' Journal of Human
Evolution 49:1-18. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2005.02.006
- Harpending, H. et al. 2005. 'Tracing Modern Human Origins.'
Science 309:1995-1997. doi: 10.1126/science.309.5743.1995b
- Some reprints and preprints are here.
- An antique population genetic program for analyzing gene frequencies, popstr, is here
- A different way to interpret a correlation coefficient is here. Is this well known?
- Draft of a manuscript that no one of us has time to polish up and
submit anywhere, despite cajoling and threats. We would be grateful
for any feedback about it.