Agustín Fuentes

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Agustín Fuentes
Agustín Fuentes, 2020.jpg
Agustín Fuentes in 2020
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Scientific career
ThesisThe socioecology of the Mentawai Island langur (Presbytis potenziani) (1994)
Doctoral advisorPhyllis J. Dolhinow

Agustín Fuentes is an American primatologist and biological anthropologist at Princeton University and formerly the chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His work focuses largely on human and non-human primate interaction, pathogen transfer, communication, cooperation, and human social evolution.

Education and career[edit]

Fuentes was born on July 30, 1966[1] in Santa Barbara, California and graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Anthropology and Zoology, as well as an M.A. and PhD in Anthropology.[2] He has since been researching fields of biological anthropology and primatology, exploring the entanglement of biological systems with the social and cultural dimensions. He began his academic career at Central Washington University and most recently served at the University of Notre Dame in a number of different roles, including Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Beginning in Fall 2020, he will serve as Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University.

Fuentes was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.[3]


One of Dr. Fuentes' major impacts on the field of primatology has been his work on human and non-human primate interactions. He has worked extensively with populations of macaques in Bali and Gibraltar, where the monkeys are a large tourist attraction, focusing on the spread of diseases between humans and macaques.[4]

He has also done extensive work in the area of human social evolution, particularly relating to the neurological aspects. Dr. Fuentes believes that increased social complexity was necessary for our interaction with the environment and within our own social groups.[5] It is this increased complexity along with primate biology and a changing environment that he believes is responsible for the success of humans in terms of expansion beyond the limits of most animal species.

Select publications[edit]


  • A. Fuentes. 2019 Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-24399-4
  • A. Fuentes. 2017 The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. Dutton (Penguin Random House). ISBN 978-1-101-98394-2
  • A. Fuentes. 2012 Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting myths about human behavior. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-26971-2
  • C. Campbell, A. Fuentes, K. MacKinnon, S. Bearder, R. Stumpf P. Dolhinow, A. Fuentes, eds. 2010. The Nonhuman Primates. 2d ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-539043-8
  • A. Fuentes. 2008. Evolution of Human Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-533358-6
  • C. Panter-Brick, A. Fuentes, eds. 2008. Health, Risk and Adversity. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books ISBN 978-1-84545-455-5
  • A. Fuentes. 2006. Core Concepts in Biological Anthropology. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-7674-2426-4
  • A. Fuentes, L.D. Wolfe. 2002. Primates Face to Face: The Conservation Implications of Human-nonhuman Primate Interconnections. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-79109-0
  • P. Dolhinow, A. Fuentes. 1999. The Nonhuman Primates. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 1-55934-974-3


  • A. Fuentes, S. Kalchik, L. Gettler, A. Kwiatt, M. Konecki, L. Jones-Engel. 2008. "Characterizing Human–Macaque Interactions in Singapore". American Journal of Primatology 70(9):879-883. doi:10.1002/ajp.20575. PMC 4447320. PMID 18521871.
  • D.L. Cohn, V. Smith, M. Pizarro, L. Jones-Engel, G. Engel, A. Fuentes, E. Shaw, J. Cortes. "Pediculosis in Macaca sylvanus of Gibraltar". Veterinary Parasitology 145(1/2):116-119. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2006.12.008. PMC 1924910. PMID 17280788.
  • A. Fuentes. 2006. "Human Culture and Monkey Behavior: Assessing the Contexts of Potential Pathogen Transmission between Macaques and Humans". American Journal of Primatology 68(9):880-896. doi:10.1002/ajp.20295. PMID 16900502.
  • A. Fuentes. 2004. "It's Not All Sex and Violence: Integrated Anthropology and the Role of Cooperation and Social Complexity in Human Evolution". American Anthropologist 106(4):710-718. doi:10.1525/aa.2004.106.4.710. JSTOR 3567189.
  • A. Fuentes. 2013. Evolutionary Perspectives and Transdisciplinary Intersections. A Roadmap to Generative Areas of Overlap in Discussing the Human Nature. Theology and Science 11(2):106–129. doi:10.1080/14746700.2013.780430.


  1. ^ "Fuentes, Agustin - LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies | Library of Congress, from LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies (Library of Congress)".
  2. ^ Grantee, Waitt. "Explorers Bio: Agustín Fuentes". National Geographic. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Members Elected in 2020". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  4. ^ Fuentes, Agustin. "Human culture and monkey behavior: Assessing the contexts of potential pathogen transmission between macaques and humans", American Journal of Primatology, September 2006.
  5. ^ Guibert, Susan. (September 18, 2005) "Continuing Brain Evolution Tied to Cultural Behaviors Archived 2007-06-29 at the Wayback Machine". Retrieved November 22, 2019.

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