Benjamin Campbell

Associate Professor
 (414) 229-6250
 Sabin Hall 125C


PhD, Biological Anthropology, Harvard University, 1990
MA, Anthropology, Harvard University, 1986
MA, Zoology, Indiana University, 1983
BA, Biology, Indiana University, 1982

Courses Taught

Anthro 301 – Human Evolution and Variation
Anthro 404 – Human Evolutionary Physiology
Anthro 406 – Evolutionary Biology and Human Disease
Anthro 407 – Neuroanthropology

Research Narrative

My research falls in the general area of the neuroanthropology; the study of the brain and culture. In particular, I am interested in the human brain evolution and its role in human sociality and religion. My current research focuses on the development of ritual in indigenous societies and its implications for contemporary society. In the past I have worked on the role of testosterone in the male life course. This includes fieldwork in several African populations, including Turkana and Ariaal pastorals, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Other Relevant Activities

Co-organizer, Human Migration Conference, University of Kansas, March 1 & 2, 2010

Selected Publications

Barone, L., & Campbell, B. C. (2014, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). "Teach Both Evolution, Creationism, and the Obligation to Museum Visitors. Museums and Social Issues, 9, 84-93.
Campbell, B. C. (2012). Stone Age Body Image: Male Embodiment and Vitality in Subsistence Societies. Downey, G., & Lende, D. (Eds.). The Encultured Brain: An Introduction To Neuroanthropology, 237-259. MIT Press.
Campbell, B. C. (2011). Adrenarche and Middle Childhood. Human Nature, 22, 327-349.
Campbell, B. C., Dreber, A., Apicella, C., Eisenberg, D., Little, A., Grey, P., Garcia, J., Zamore, R., & Lum, K. (2010). Testosterone Exposure, dopaminergic reward, and sensation-seeking in oung men. Physiology and Behavior, 99(4), 451-456.
Campbell, B. C., & Garcia, J. R. (2009, November). Neuroanthropology: Evolution and Emotional Embodiment. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, 1(Article 4), 1-6.
Campbell, B. C. (2005). High rate of prostate symptoms among Ariaal men from northern Kenya. The Prostate, 62(1), 83-90.
Campbell, B. C., & Leslie, P. W. (1996). The reproductive ecology of human males. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 38(S21), 1-26.