Richard E. Leakey, Ph.D. is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a world-renowned conservationist and paleoanthropologist, who has made some of the most important fossil discoveries of the last 100 years. A former Director of Kenya’s National Museums and the Kenyan Wildlife Service, Dr. Leakey has been a leader in the fight to preserve culture and wildlife in Africa and other locations. He has authored more than 100 scientific journals and books, including The Sixth Extinction, Origins, Origins Reconsidered, The Origin of Humankind, and One Life. He has presented several television programs, including the five-part Making of Mankind and NBC’s Earthwatch. His latest book is Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa’s Treasures.
William Arens is Professor of Anthropology and Dean of International Academic Programs. His long term research interests in Tanzania include ethnicity, religion, and social change. He has also conducted ethnographic research on kingship among the Shilluk of the Sudan. Arens' main African publications include: On the Frontier of Change, A Century of Change in Eastern Africa, and The Creativity of Power. Arens has also written The Man-Eating Myth, which examines the idea of cannibalism in interpreting the non-western world and The Original Sin which considers incest and its meaning from a cross cultural perspective.
Specific areas of expertise: cannibalism, incest, and ethnicity.
Patricia Wright, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Executive Director for the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments. In 1986, Dr. Wright and her colleagues discovered a new species of lemur, the golden bamboo lemur. This discovery led to the establishment in 1991 of Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, an integrated , 43,500-hectare conservation and development project which is focused on the protection and conservation of local flora and fauna as well as rural development, education, and promotion of health services. Dr. Wright was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1989.
Specific areas of expertise: Behavior and ecology of non-human primates. Tropical conservation. Owl monkeys, titi monkeys, tarsiers, and lemurs.
David Hicks, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Provost. His research in social anthropology focuses on Indonesia and East Timor (formerly Portuguese Timor), where he has carried out a total of more than three years of fieldwork, with grants from institutions that include the National Science Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the American Philosophical Foundation. His honors include a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship at the Vila Serbelloni (Bellagio). He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Indonesia and for the Carter Center in East Timor.
Specific areas of expertise: Politics, religion, history, culture of Indonesia and East Timor.