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Karen B. Strier is a primatologist. She is Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison,[1] and co-editor-in-chief of Annual Review of Anthropology.[2] The main subject of her research is the northern muriqui, a type of spider monkey found in Brazil.[1][3]

Education and careerEdit

Strier graduated from Swarthmore College in 1980 with a specially created major in Sociology/Anthropology and Biology. She went to Harvard University for graduate study in anthropology, earning a master's degree there in 1981 and completing her doctorate in 1986.[4]

After continuing at Harvard as a lecturer for a year, she took a faculty position at Beloit College. She moved to the University of Wisconsin in 1989, where she was Hilldale Professor from 2006 to 2011, DeVore Professor since 2009, and Vilas Professor since 2011.[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

Strier became a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association in 1991, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003,[4] and an Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.[4][5] In 2010 the American Society of Primatologists gave her their annual Distinguished Primatologist Award.[4] In 2016 she was elected as president of the International Primatological Society.[1]


Strier is the author of:

  • Primate Behavioral Ecology (Allyn and Bacon, 1999; 5th ed., Routledge, 2016)[6]
  • Faces in the Forest: The Endangered Muriqui Monkeys of Brazil (Oxford University Press, 1992)[7]

She is the editor of:

  • Primate Ethnographies (Routledge, 2014).[8]


  1. ^ a b c Lenon, Jordana (October 10, 2016), "Karen Strier is elected president of International Primatological Society", University of Wisconsin–Madison News
  2. ^ "Editorial board", Annual Review of Anthropology, retrieved 2018-08-10
  3. ^ Kemper, Steve (September 2013), "Humans Would Be Better Off If They Monkeyed Around Like the Muriquis: Biologist Karen Strier has been studying these peace-loving Brazilian primates and their egalitarian lifestyle for decades", Smithsonian
  4. ^ a b c d e Curriculum vitae (PDF), May 31, 2018, retrieved 2018-08-10
  5. ^ Member profile, National Academy of Sciences, retrieved 2018-08-10
  6. ^ Review of Primate Behavioral Ecology:
    • McGrew, W. C. (March 2001), American Anthropologist, 103 (1): 240–241, JSTOR 683963CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  7. ^ Reviews of Faces in the Forest:
  8. ^ Review of Primate Ethnographies:

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