Agustin Fuentes

Professor of Anthropology and Author

Agustín Fuentes, trained in Zoology and Anthropology, is a Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. Ranging from chasing monkeys in jungles and cities, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. His current research includes creativity and community in human evolution and engaging race and racism. Fuentes is an active public scientist, a blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and his widely viewed Tedx Talk and a public debate with Nicholas Wade are two significant recent contributions. Fuentes’ recent books include “Race, Monogamy, and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature” (U of California), “Conversations on Human Nature(s)” (Routledge) and the forthcoming “The Creative Spark: how imagination made humans exceptional" (Dutton).