Michelle A. Kline



I study human behavior from the perspective of evolutionary theory, and focus primarily on the role of culture and social learning human evolution. My present research focuses on the evolution of teaching and the role it plays in the everyday lives of children in non-Western societies. I study this through ongoing fieldwork in villages on Yasawa Island, Fiji.

My broader research program focuses on three major questions:

  1. 1.What are the social learning mechanisms that make cultural transmission possible, and what are their evolved designs?

  1. 2.How do these social learning mechanisms shape patterns of cultural transmission and variation?

  1. 3.How do demography and social network structure affect human cultural adaptation?

You can download my current CV here.


UC Santa Barbara

Department of Anthropology



Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB) 2001

Dept phone: 805-893-2257