I received my doctorate in anthropology from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1978. Most of my research is on native peoples of the Venezuelan Amazon (Yanomamö & Ye'kwana) with funding from the NSF, LSB Leakey Foundation, and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. My research interests are in behavioral ecology, food & labor exchange, human ecology, marriage, and kin and parental investment. I regularly teach courses on social structure, contentious issues in anthropology, warfare, and introductory cultural anthropology. I am a member of the National Academy of Sciences, past-president of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society of the American Anthropological Association, consulting editor for Human Nature, and for ten years I served as treasurer of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.
Research and Current Projects
Currently I am working on an NSF funded project with my colleague Napoleon Chagnon (University of Missouri) entitled "Collaborative Research: Demographic and Genealogical Dimensions of Cultural and Biological Success," Our project has two objectives. The first is to make the Yanomamo demographic and genealogical data base available via the Internet for use by interested social scientists who wish to test a wide variety of theories revolving around kinship, demographic processes, and marriage. The second goal is to test a variety of human evolutionary theories that address how variation in marriage form, marriage duration, and kin support affects the wellbeing and marital and social success of children.
Hames, Raymond (2020) "Cultural and reproductive success and the causes of war: A Yanomamö perspective." Evolution and Human Behavior, 41(3), 183-187
Hames, Raymond, W. Irons, M. Flinn (2020) "In memoriam: Napoleon A. Chagnon." Evolution and Human Behavior, 41(3), 177-182.
Hames, Raymond (2019) "Pacifying Hunter-Gatherers, Human Nature, 30(2):155-175
Chagnon, N. A., Lynch, R. F., Shenk, M. K., Hames, R., & Flinn, M. V. (2017). "Cross-cousin marriage among the Yanomamö shows evidence of parent-offspring conflict and mate competition between brothers" , 114(13): E2590-2607, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Jaeggi, A. V., Kramer, K. L., Hames, R., Kiely, E. J., Gomes, C., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2017). Human grooming in comparative perspective: People in six small-scale societies groom less but socialize just as much as expected for a typical primate. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 162(4), 810-816. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23164
“Is Male Androphilia a Context-Dependent Universal?” (2017) Raymond Hames, Zachary Garfield, and Melissa Garfield. Archives of Sexual Behavior 46 (1): 63-71.
“A Problematic Test of the Kin Selection Hypothesis among the Urak Lawoi of Ko Lipeh, Thailand: Commentary on Camperio Ciani, Battaglia, & Liotta (2016) Paul L. Vasey, Doug P. VanderLaan, Raymond Hames, & Amornthep Jaidee. Journal of Sex Research 53(2): 149-152
“Kin Selection and Sexuality” (2015). In The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd
“The Relational Embeddedness of Ye’kwana Meal Sharing: The Multilevel Social Relations Model for Count Data” (2015) Koster, Jeremy, Raymond Hames, George Leckie, Andrew Miller, American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 157(3):507-512
“Behavioral Ecology”. (2015) In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Pages 246–251. Elsevier: London.
"Diversity in Human Behavioral Ecology", Human Nature 25(4): 443-447 (2014)
"Female Fertility-Social Stratification-Hypergyny" Hypothesis of Male Homosexual Preference: Factual, Conceptual and Methodological Errors in Barthes et al. [Commentary] Evolution and Human Behavior. (2014)
Direct and Indirect Behavior Observations. (with Michael Paolisso, 2nd author). In R. Bernard and C. Gravlee, eds. "The Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology", Pp. 293-313, 2nd Ed., Rowland & Littlefield: Lanham. (2014).
A life history perspective on skin cancer and the evolution of skin pigmentation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2014)
A survey of non-classical polyandry. Katie Starkweather and Raymond Hames. Human Nature (2012) 23:149–17
"Anthropological Data Regarding the Adaptiveness of Hebephilia" (with Ray Blanchard, second author) Archives of Sexual Behavior, (2012) Volume 41, Number 4, Pages 745-74
Paolisso, M. and R. Hames "Methods for the Systematic Study of Human Behavior, Field Methods (2010).
Production Decisions and Time Allocation. In Society and Environment: Methods and Research Design. Vaccaro, Ismael , Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani (eds.) Cambridge University Press. (2010)
Meal Sharing among the Ye'kwana (With Carl McCabe) Human Nature 18 (1):1-22 (2007)
The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate Annual Review of Anthropology 36 (2007)
Growth rates and life histories in 22 small-scale societies (Robert Walker senior author with 12 co-authors!) American Journal of Human Biology 18:295–311 (2006)
Women's work, child care and helpers at the nest in a hunter-gatherer society. (With Patricia Draper) Human Nature, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 319-341 (2004)
Parental Investment and Child Health in a Yanomamö Village Suffering Short-term Food Stress.
Edward H. Hagen Raymond B. Hames, Nathan M. Craig, Matthew T. Lauer, Michael E. Price, Journal of Biosocial Sciences (2001)
Birth Order, Sibling Investment, and Fertility among the Ju/'hoansi (!Kung), (Patricia Draper, first author) Human Nature Vol. 11, No. 2: 117-156 (2000)