• Sarah Neggady Alami

    I am a PhD candidate in Integrated Anthropological Sciences (IAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).


    I am a behavioral ecologist who combines observational and self-report data from field contexts, field-based experiments, and modeling to examine 1) how multicultural societies form and function, and 2) women's status and leadership through the lens of cultural and evolutionary anthropology.


    I conduct fieldwork with the Tsimane and Moseten in Amazonian Bolivia, and in the Todgha valley in Southeast Morocco.


    Gurven, M., Kraft, T., Alami, S., Copajira Adrian, J., Cortez Linares, E., Cummings, D., Eid Rodriguez, D., Hooper, P., Jaeggi, A., Quispe Gutierrez, R., Maldonado Suarez, I., Seabright, E., Kapan, H., Stieglitz, J., Trumble, B. Rapidly declining core body temperature in a tropical human population. Science Advances (In press).


    Kaplan, HS., Trumble, BC., Stieglitz, J., Mamany, RM., Cayuba, MG., Moye, LM., Alami, S., Kraft, T., Gutierrez, RQ., Adrian, JC., Thompson, RC. (2020) Voluntary collective isolation as a best response to COVID-19 for indigenous populations? A case study and protocol from the Bolivian Amazon. The Lancet. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31104-1


    Alami, S., von Rueden, C., Seabright, E., Kraft, T.S., Blackwell, A.D., Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2020). Mother’s social status is associated with child health in a horticulturalist population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1922). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2783


    Alami, S., Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2018). Low perceived control over health is associated with lower treatment uptake in a high mortality population of Bolivian forager-farmers. Social Science & Medicine, 200(September 2017), 156–165. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.01.017


    von Rueden, C., Alami, S., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2018). Sex differences in political leadership in an egalitarian society. Evolution and Human Behavior. DOI:0.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.03.005.


    Sznycer, D., Xygalatas, D., Alami, S., An, X.-F., Ananyeva, K. I., Fukushima, S., Hitokoto, H., Kharitonov, A. N., Koster, J. M., Onyishi, C. N., Onyishi, I. E., Romero, P. P., Takemura, K., Zhuang, J.-Y., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2018). Invariances in the architecture of pride across small-scale societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(33), 8322–8327. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1808418115


    Sznycer, D., Xygalatas, D., Agey, E., Alami, S., An, X.-F., Ananyeva, K. I., Atkinson, Q. D., Broitman, B. R., Conte, T. J., Flores, C., Fukushima, S., Hitokoto, H., Kharitonov, A. N., Onyishi, C. N.,Onyishi, I. E., Romero, P. P., Schrock, J. M., Snodgrass J. J., Sugiyama, L. S., Takemura, K.,Townsend, C., Zhuang, J.-Y., Aktipis, C. A., Cronk, L., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2018).Cross-cultural invariances in the architecture of shame. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(39), 9702–9707. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1805016115


    Methods in the Human Behavioral Sciences (ANTH 9)


    The goal of this course is to introduce students to the design and analysis of scientific studies of behavior. The emphasis is on theory-based testing of workable hypotheses, with examples drawn from behavioral ecology and human biology. Classes are structured around methods of data collection and analysis. Students are introduced to a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, from observational and survey-based studies of behavior to experiments. Classes are held in a computer laboratory, where students use database and statistical software to organize and analyze real data.




    Introductory Biological Anthropology (ANTH 5)

    Introductory Biosocial Anthropology (ANTH 7)

    Human Growth and Development (ANTH 161)

    Evolutionary Medicine (ANTH 171)

    The behavioral Ecology of Hunter-Gatherers (ANTH 129)


    Course descriptions: https://my.sa.ucsb.edu/catalog/Current/CollegesDepartments/ls-intro/anth.aspx?DeptTab=Courses


    A pound of cure (The UCSB Current)

    The status of women

    (The UCSB current)






    UCSB Anthropology: https://www.anth.ucsb.edu/ 


    The Broom Center for Demography (UCSB): http://www.broomcenter.ucsb.edu/


    Tsimane Health and Life History Project: http://tsimane.anth.ucsb.edu/index.html


    Gurven Lab (UCSB): https://gurven.anth.ucsb.edu/


    Lawson Lab (UCSB): http://davidwlawson.strikingly.com/


    Boddy Lab (UCSB): http://amyboddy.strikingly.com/