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Professor Laura Fortunato

Laura Fortunato is an evolutionary anthropologist with training in both biology and anthropology, and with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship. Her formal training includes a 5-year Laurea in biological sciences from the University of Padova (2003) and graduate degrees (MRes and PhD) in anthropology from University College London (2004 and 2009). Between 2010 and 2013 she held an Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute, an independent research centre that brings together scientists from across the natural, social, and historical sciences. She joined the University of Oxford in 2013, as University Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College.

Contact Information:


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Magdalen College, University of Oxford

Oxford, OX2 6PE. UK


Teaching and Research Interests

I teach the human sciences.

My research aims to understand the evolution of human social and cultural behavior. Among other topics, I focus on questions relating to the evolution of kinship and marriage systems, culture, and social complexity.


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