Vivek V. Venkataraman, PhD


I am a biological anthropologist interested in the ecological and social forces that shaped human nature. I view human evolution through the lens of the food quest: how do primates find, acquire, process, and distribute resources, and how do these processes influence social structure and organization?

My work primarily involves long-term field studies of wild primates (in Ethiopia) and human hunter-gatherers (in Uganda and Malaysia).

I am currently a College Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. I earned my PhD from Dartmouth College in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2016. My bachelor's degree is from the University of Chicago, where I studied physics and philosophy.