Lyle Steadman focuses on religion and kinship, especially their interrelationship, and the influence of natural selection on human social and cultural behavior. He has done extensive research among the Hewa, a society in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. A short period of fieldwork was also conducted in an Indian village in Baja California, Mexico.
Ph.D. Australian National University 1972
SHESC Themes: Culture, Heritage and Identity
Field Specializations: Kinship, Religion, Sociocultural Anthropology
Regional Focus: Oceania
- Steadman, L.B. (1975). Cannibal witches among the Hewa. Oceania, 46(2), 114-121.
- Steadman, L.B. (1985). The killing of witches. Oceania, 56(2), 106-124.
- Steadman, L.B. & Merbs, C. (1982). Kuru and cannibalism? [Review of the book Kuru: Early letters and field-notes from the collection of D. Carleton Gajdusek]. American Anthropologist, 84(3), 611-627.