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 203 – Indigenous Religion
Anthro 301 – Human Evolution and Variation
Anthro 404 – Hormones and Behavior
Anthro 407 – Neuroanthropology

Research Narrative

My research falls in the general area of life history; the evolutionary study of the human life course. I have taken an evolutionary approach in which hormones form a critical link between energetics and the timing of important life events including childhood growth, pubertal maturation, physical decline with aging. My work on the male life course among Turkana, and Ariaal pastoralists was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren foundation. My work on pubertal maturation, testosterone and related behaviors in the U.S. and Zimbabwe was funded by NIH. More recently I have suggested that the adrenal hormone DHEA plays a critical role in human brain development. I hope to use a comparative sample of African populations to test my prediction. Finally, I maintain an active interest in the brain, culture and behavior. In addition to Hormones and Behavior, I teach courses on Neuroanthropology, and Indigenous Religion. I have supervised graduate students on a number of different topics, including primate seasonality, understanding of evolution among college students, and representations of evolution in creationists museums.

Other Relevant Activities

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

Selected Publications

Nguyen, T., Wud, M., Lewd, J., , Albaugh, M., N, J, Fonov, V. S., Collins, D. L., Campbell, B. C., Booij, L., Herba, C., Monnier, P., Ducharme, S., & McCraken, J. T. (2017, September). Dehydroepiandrosterone may impact working memory by shaping cortico-hippocampal structure covariance during development. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 86, 110-121.
Dunk, R. R., Petto, A., Wiles, J., & Campbell, B. C. (2017, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Multifactorial Analysis of Acceptance of Evolution. Evolution Education and Outreach, 10(4).
Dunk, R., Petto, A., Mayer, G., Campbell, B., & (2015, September). Seasonality of Conceptions in Captive Rhesus Macaques. International Journal of Primatology, 36, 855-860.
Barone, L., Andrew, P., & Campbell, B. C. (2014, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Predictors of Evolution Acceptance in a Musem Population. Evolution, Education and OutReach, 7, 23.
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.
Campbell, B. C. (2011). Adrenarche and Middle Childhood. Human Nature, 22, 327-349.
Campbell, B. C. (2011). Adrenarche in Comparative Perspective. American Journal of Human Biology, 23(1), 44-52.
Campbell, B. C., Gray, P. B., & Radak, J. (2011). In the Company of Men: Quality of Life and Social Support Among the Ariaal of Northern Kenya. Cross-Cultural Journal of Gerontology, 26, 221-237.
Campbell, B. C., & Garcia, J. R. (2009, November). Neuroanthropology: Evolution and Emotional Embodiment. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, 1(Article 4), 1-6.