At the beach with my Bardi brother


James E. Coxworth

Department of Anthropology
University of Utah
270 South 1400 East, Room 102
Salt Lake City, UT 84112







What I Do

I'm an anthropologist who uses the tools of evolutionary ecology to better understand the human experience in the present and in the past. A fascination with the things that men do, both to themselves and to others, has guided my research thus far. My ethnographic work focuses on male status competition among the Bardi of northwestern Australia -- acculturated hunter-gatherers with whom I have spent fifteen months conducting research.

As a postdoctoral researcher at the Utah Population Database or UPDB, I am involved in an interdisciplinary, demographic project linking my interests in human biology and male-male competition. Using demographic and biological data from the UPDB, Tim Bruckner, Heidi Hanson, Kristen Hawkes, Ken Smith, and have begun investigating the effects of environmental insults and fetal environment on secondary sex ratio and adult phenotypes. Our goals are to uncover sources of variation in male competitive ability and better understand how changing mortality regimes affect men's competitive environments.

I also work closely with Kristen Hawkes, investigating human life history evolution. Projects in progress include comparisons of reproductive and physiological aging in humans and chimpanzees and, with University of Sydney mathematician Peter Kim, mathematical modeling of human life history evolution. We have recently begun extending this research to account for uniquely human forms of male-male competition and mating behavior.


PhD (2013), University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Anthropology

MS (2009), University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Anthropology

BA (2006), University of Washington, Seattle
Cultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology


Hawkes K, Coxworth JE. 2013. Grandmothers and the evolution of human longevity: a review of findings and future directions. Evolutionary Anthropology 22:294-302. DOI: 10.1002/evan.21382. pdf

Blevins J, Coxworth JE, Herndon JG, Hawkes K. 2013. Adrenal androgens and aging: female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) compared to women. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151(4):643-8. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22300. pdf

Kim P, Coxworth JE, Hawkes K. 2012. Increased longevity evolves from grandmothering. Proceedings of the Royal Academy, B 279(1749):4880-4. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1751. pdf

Coxworth JE, Hawkes K. 2010. Ovarian follicle loss in humans and mice: Lessons from statistical model comparison. Human Reproduction 25(7):1796-1805. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/deq136. pdf

Levine F, Coxworth JE, Stevenson DA, et al. 2010. Parental attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions about genetic testing for FAP and colorectal cancer surveillance in minors. Journal of Genetic Counseling 19(3):269-79. DOI: 10.1007/s10897-010-9285-1. pdf

Hawkes K, O'Connell JF, Coxworth JE. 2010. Family provisioning is not the only reason men hunt. Current Anthropology 51(2):259-64. DOI: 10.1086/651074. pdf

Kinney AY, Gammon A, Coxworth J, Simonsen SE, Arce-Laretta M. 2010. Exploring attitudes, beliefs, and communication preferences of Latino community members regarding BRCA1/2 mutation testing and relevant preventive services. Genetics in Medicine 12(2):105-15. DOI: 10.1097/GIM.0b013e3181c9af2d. pdf

Kinney AY, Coxworth JE, Simonsen SE, Fanning JB. 2009. Religiosity, spirituality, and psychological distress in African Americans at risk for having a hereditary cancer predisposing gene mutation. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C (Seminars in Medical Genetics) 151C:3-21. DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.c.30194. pdf

Curriculum Vitae

Please see my CV for current manuscripts, past funding, teaching and research experience, and other information.