The Forager Children Interdisciplinary Studies Group was founded in 2016 by Sheina Lew-Levy, Noa Lavi, Rachel Reckin, and Kate Ellis-Davies at the University of Cambridge. We are interested in the pasts, presents, and futures of hunter-gatherer children and childhood, with a particular focus on learning.
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Noa Lavi holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Haifa. She holds a BA in Archaeology from Tel-Aviv University and a MA in Anthropology from the University of Haifa. She studies hunting and gathering people in India, focusing on people’s experience and social relationships in light of development intervention, assimilation pressure and school education. Read more about Noa’s work here.
Sheina Lew-Levy holds a B.A. in anthropology, an Mphil in human evolution, and is currently a PhD student in the department of psychology at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on social learning and play among BaYaka and Hadza forager children. You can read more about her past and present work here.
Rachel Reckin holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. She holds a MA in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming, and was formerly an archaeologist for the US Forest Service. Her research interests include prehistoric human adaptations to high altitudes, variation in lithic technology, typology, paleoclimates, landscape archaeology, and hunter-gatherer ethnography. Learn more about Rachel here.
Aishah Ali studied Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge which allowed her to gain insight into the way that psychology overlaps with a range of fields including education, biological anthropology and sociology. She currently works as a private tutor for GCSE and A-level students. Her research interests lie within the realm of education and she is particularly fascinated by the way that children from varied backgrounds learn within a school setting.
Stephen Kissler holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He holds BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is interested in the transmission of things — be they pathogens, objects, or ideas. His current projects include modelling the spatial transmission of pandemic influenza, projecting the costs of hepatitis C treatment, and characterising how children in hunter-gatherer societies teach one another.
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Renée holds an MA in cultural anthropology from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and is currently a PhD student biological anthropology at UCLA. She conducts research among the Agta hunter-gatherers of the Philippines and is interested in infant-directed speech, social learning and children’s production under various environmental constraints. In current project she focuses on social learning in high-risk environments.
Eleanor Fleming is currently undertaking her PhD in cultural evolutionary anthropology at Durham University. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Liverpool and an MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the evolution of storytelling, the phylogenetics of folktales, and global cross-cultural patterns of storytelling variation in small-scale societies.
Adam H. Boyette is an anthropologist with interests in cultural, evolutio
nary, and biocultural dimensions of children’s experiences. Adam has done field work in the Congo Basin with BaYaka foragers (the Aka in CAR and the Mbendjele in ROC) and their farmer neighbors since 2008. Among these peoples he has studied play and teaching during middle childhood, the interaction of cultural models and children’s learning, and the impact of cultural models and men’s psychobiology on children’s health. You can read more about Adam’s research here.
Sarah M Pope is a cognitive psychologist currently conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah is interested in developmental, comparative, and cross-cultural variation in cognitive flexibility. She has conducted fieldwork with the semino
madic Himba of northern Namibia as well as with BaYaka foragers and Bondongo farmers in the Likouala department of the Republic of the Congo. You can learn more about Sarah’s work here
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