Robustness, Evolutionary Ecology, Low-level food production, Agricultural specialization, Comparative Ethnoarchaeology, Hunter-Gatherer archaeology, Southwest archaeology, Utah archaeology, Macroecology, Sustainability.
Courses taught: North American Archaeology, Anthropological Inquiry, Cross-cultural Approaches to Diversity and Change; Graduate Seminar in Southwest Archaeology and Adjacent Regions
Jacob Freeman received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2014. He 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. Jacob’s 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. Jacob is also interested in behavioral economics and experimental archaeology. Jacob 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, Jacob maintains an interest in anthropological theory and the role of anthropology in interdisciplinary research.