Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Professor
  • Templeton Fellow (2013-2014)
  • "How to Think about Human Evolution"

Jonathan Marks is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and specializes in the study of human evolution and human diversity. His primary interest lies at the intersection of anthropology, evolution, and genetics.

He is the author of several books, including Human Biodiversity (1995), What It Means to be 98% Chimpanzee (2002), Why I am Not a Scientist (2009), and over 100 articles in edited volumes and scholarly journals, including Science and Nature. He has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Human EvolutionInternational Journal of PrimatologyYearbook of Physical Anthropology, and Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Professor Marks received the 1999 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the American Anthropological Association, and served as President of its General Anthropology Division from 2000-2002. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In the last few years he has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the ESRC Genomics Forum in Edinburgh and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His work has received the W. W. Howells Book Prize from the American Anthropological Association’s Biological Anthropology Section, the General Anthropology Division Prize for Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship, and the J. I. Staley Prize from the School for Advanced Research. In 2012 he was awarded the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.