Jonathan Marks, “Why Are There Still Creationists?"

Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks, Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, presents his research project, "Why Are There Still Creationists?" to an interdisciplinary group of NDIAS Fellows, guest faculty, and students.

Marks' primary research interests are in human diversity and human origins, and in the history of scientific investigations into those questions. He was trained initially in evolutionary molecular genetics, but has since developed far more eclectic research interests.

Professor Marks has been published in scholarly journals ranging from American Anthropologist to Zygon. He is the author of several books, most recently Is Science Racist? (Polity, 2017). Two of his books published by the University of California Press are titled What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee and Why I Am Not a Scientist, although paradoxically he is actually about 98% scientist, and not a chimpanzee.

Professor Marks has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the ESRC Genomics Institute in Edinburgh, and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His work has been awarded the J. I. Staley Prize from the School of American Research, and the W. W. Howells Prize from the American Anthropological Association. He received the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal from UNC-Charlotte in 2011. In 2013-2014 he was an Inaugural Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS, during which he wrote Tales of the Ex-Apes (California, 2015).