Lecturer, Durham University

I am based in the Department of Anthropology at Durham and am a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for the Coevolution of Biology and Culture. I carry out research on how cultural information evolves as it gets transmitted between individuals, generations and societies. What kinds of things remain stable, or get forgotten or transformed? How are they affected by the specific ways in which they are learned and taught? To date, most of my work on these questions has focused on material culture and narratives, including Iranian rug-weaving traditions and fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood.

Experience

  • 2012–2014
    Lecturer, Durham University