I am an anthropologist and writer with a focus on the evolution of the human brain and behavior. I also have research experience in medical anthropology, molecular genetics, nutritional anthropology, and the history of anthropology. Over the years I have published over 80 scientific research articles and papers, on a wide range of topics, in collaboration with dozens of coauthors. My research has been both lab- and field-based, with fieldwork conducted in Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Palau. I … Read More
From the blog
Is your house tidier than it used to be? If it is, then you have probably read Marie Kondo’s international bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2011). Kondo’s book is ostensibly a manual for home improvement. She suggests that our home environment should not be a repository for … Read More
Two of my books, The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food (Harvard University Press) and Home: How Habitat Made Us Human (Basic Books) are appropriate for book clubs. If your club buys 8 or more copies of the book, I am happy to do a Skype session in which we can all discuss the book … Read More
I was an award-winning university teacher for many years, and I still enjoy lecturing about my work. I have three basic lectures prepared (and which can be modified for specific audience interests) that are suitable for university undergraduates, companies, and other organizations or groups. If you are interested in arranging a talk, … Read More
A mind blowing book! ... John S. Allen has taken my thinking about food to a whole new dimension! He brilliantly describes how we each build up our own internal Food Model, which helps us navigate the otherwise overwhelming complexity we face each day about what to eat and what not to eat.
Author of The Low Carb Revolution
This important book by John Allen ranges from prehistory, in which the changing concept of ‘home’ played a major role in making us the humans we are, to modern times, in which eviction and homelessness are frequent horrors of the present. Allen thus alerts us to something we tend to overlook because we take it for granted: the central role in all our lives of our ‘homes.’
George A. Akerlof
Nobel Laureate in Economics
This book has fundamentally altered the way I view human beings. Anyone interested in neuroscience, hominid evolution, psychology, and human behavior in general will find it to be a most welcome addition to their home library. What a fascinating work.