Inbreeding, Incest, and the Incest Taboo
The State of Knowledge at the Turn of the Century
Edited by Arthur P. Wolf and William H. Durham


Contributors for

Contributors for


Larry Arnhart is Professor of Political Science at North Illinois University.  He is the author of Aristotle on Political Reasoning: A Commentary on the "Rhetoric"; Political Questions: Political Philosophy from Plato to Rawls; and Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics of Human Nature.  He is the associate editor of The Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics.

Patrick Bateson is Professor of Ethology at the University of Cambridge.  He was Provost of King's College, Cambridge, for fifteen years and Biological Secretary of the Royal Society of London for five years.  He edited, among other books, Mate Choice and is coauthor with Paul Martin of Design for a Life: How Behavior and Personality Develop.

Alan H. Bittles is Foundation Professor of Human Biology and Director of the Centre for Human Genetics at Edith Cowan University.  During the last twenty-five years he has organized and conducted major studies into the prevalence and effects of consanguineous marriage, principally in South and Southeast Asia and North Africa.  He has been editor of Annals of Human Biology since 1998.

William H. Durham is Professor and Chair of Anthropological Sciences, Bing Professor in Human Biology, and Yang and Yamazaki University Fellow at Stanford University.  He is author of Scarcity and Survival in Central America and Coevolution: Genes, Culture and Human Diversity and, since 1992, editor of the Annual Review of Anthropology.

Mark T. Erickson is Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine.  He works and teaches at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage.

Hill Gates is Professor Emerita at Central Michigan University, has taught at Johns Hopkins and Stanford, and is now an independent scholar of Taiwan/China political economy and gender.  Her principal publications include Chinese Working Class Lives: Getting By in Taiwan, China's Motor: A Thousand Years of Petty Capitalism, and Looking for Chengdu: A Woman's Adventures in China.

Anne Pusey is Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota.  She was appointed Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute's Primate Research Programs in 2003 and has written over fifty scientific papers.

Walter Scheidel is Professor of Classics at Stanford University.  He is author of Measuring Sex, Age, and Death in the Roman Empire and Death on the Nile: Disease and the Demography of Roman Egypt, editor of Debating Roman Demography, and coeditor of several volumes on the ancient economy and ancient empires.

Neven Sesardic is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.  He has published papers in journals like Philosophy of Science,  British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Biology, and Philosophy, and Ethics.  He is currently finishing a book, Making Sense of Heritability, which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Arthur P. Wolf is Professor of Anthropological Sciences and David and Lucile Packard Foundation Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University.  He is editor of Religion and Ritual in Chinese Society and Family and Population in East Asia; coauthor with Chieh-shan Huang of Marriage and Adoption in Chinese Society, 1845-1945; and author of Sexual Attraction and Childhood Association: A Chinese Brief for Edward Westermarck.