Joseph Henrich is an anthropologist. He is the chairman of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology of Harvard University and a professor of the department. Henrich is interested in the question of how humans evolved from "being a relatively unremarkable primate a few million years ago to the most successful species on the globe", and how culture affected our genetic development.
Henrich holds bachelor degrees in anthropology and aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, earned in 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as a Test and Evaluation Systems Engineer for General Electric Aerospace/ Martin Marietta, Springfield, VA. In 1995 he earned a Master's degree and four years later a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles.
From 2002-07 Henrich was on the faculty at Emory University in the Department of Anthropology. He became then the Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Coevolution at the University of British Columbia, where he was a professor in the departments of psychology and economics. In 2015, he was named Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
His research areas include: cultural learning, the evolution of cooperation, social stratification, prestige and the evolution of economic decision-making and religious beliefs. He indicates that polygamy is harmful for society; monogamy reduces male-male competition. Henrich's research shows that in psychological testing people with a Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic background - the WEIRD people - are a subgroup, not representative of humans at large, and outliers in many test situations.
- Joseph Henrich, HEB, Harvard University
- Joseph Henrich: Guiding Questions
- Joseph Henrich Archived 2015-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, University of British Columbia Faculty profile.
- Markus Schär (December 4, 2018). "Anthropologe Joseph Henrich: «Es schadet dem Zusammenleben, wenn Männer mehrere Frauen haben dürfen" (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
- Henrich, Joseph; Heine, Steven J.; Norenzayan, Ara (2010). "The weirdest people in the world?". Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 33 (2–3): 61–83. doi:10.1017/S0140525X0999152X. PMID 20550733.
- Henrich, Joseph; Bowles, Samuel; Boyd, Robert; Camerer, Colin; Fehr, Ernst; Gintis, Herbert (2004). Foundations of human sociality: economic experiments and ethnographic evidence from fifteen small-scale societies. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199262052.
- Henrich, Joseph; Henrich, Natalie (2007). Why humans cooperate. Oxford.
- Henrich, Joseph; Ensminger, Jean (2014). Experimenting with social norms. Russell Sage Foundation Press.
- Henrich, Joseph (2016). The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species, and Making us Smarter. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691166858.