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Lea Gleason is a US Air Force veteran and current graduate student in the department of Evolutionary Anthropology, within the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC). She is interested in human ultrasociality, gene-culture coevolution, and large-scale cooperation. She examines these topics through the context of warfare.
Her research aims to understand how cooperation evolves and scales up in societies without formal institutions. Gleason works with an acephalous egalitarian pastoralist group in Northwestern Kenya, known as the Turkana; Dr. Sarah Mathew, who is Gleason’s primary advisor, leads the project. Gleason is also broadly interested in the origin of culture, moral sentiments, and the evolution of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Pres. Ph.D. Anthropology - Arizona State University
2017 B.S. Anthropology, summa cum laude (Minor - Biology) - Arizona State University
2012 B.S. Cybersecurity - University of Maryland, University College
2012 A.A.S. Emergency Management - Community College of the Air Force
Genetic and Cultural Co-evolution, Human Prosociality and Cooperation, Origins of Culture, Human Behavioral Ecology, Social Learning
Adaptation, Behavior, Culture and Society
Institute of Human Origins
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow