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Jacob Freeman

Jacob Freeman

Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

IconPhone: (435) 797-5744

Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2014
MA, Anthroplogy, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 2007
BS, Sociology and Anthropology, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 


Robustness, evolutionary ecology, low-level food production, agricultural specialization, comparative ethnoarchaeology, hunter-gatherer archaeology, southwest archaeology, Utah archaeology, macroecology, sustainability


Dr. Freeman investigates the evolution of property rights among hunter-gatherers and small-scale farmers, the origins of agriculture, agricultural specialization, and how inequality impacts the robustness of social-ecological systems. His research program seeks to identify general principles of cultural evolution and use said principles to understand the challenges of sustainability in modern societies. His background is in hunter-gatherers, low-level food production, dynamic systems, comparative ethnoarchaeology, and the nascent field of human macroecoloy. Dr. Freeman is also interested in behavioral economics and experimental archaeology. He conducts fieldwork in Western North America, and is currently working on Early Agricultural Period sites in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as projects on the evolution of hunter-gatherer territoriality and social networks in Texas. Finally, Dr. Freeman maintains an interest in anthropological theory and the role of anthropology in interdisciplinary research.