Assistant Professor, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, 

 University of Richmond


I study social status in small-scale human societies. My research investigates (1) how status is acquired over the life-course, (2) the reproductive and health consequences of status, (3) how men vs. women pursue status, and (4) the effects of socio-ecological change on status inequality. My empirical work focuses on the Tsimane forager-horticulturalists of Bolivia. Additional research foci of mine include the evolution of personality, father effects on child well-being, and leadership and its role in collective action in small-scale societies.


Popular Press:  

Op-ed on Trump support

Op-ed in NYT on status and health

TEDx talk on why we care about status

Academic Minute on why we care about status

Course Syllabi:    

             Sex, Leadership, and the Evolution of Human Societies


Social Status and Inequality

             von Rueden, C.
            The Psychology of Social Status (J. Cheng, J. Tracy, & C. Anderson, Eds.)

        von Rueden, C., M. Gurven, & H. Kaplan
             Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences      

        von Rueden, C.
             Doctoral dissertation (ProQuest UMI No. 3495771)

        Gurven, M., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, S. Bowles, P. Hooper, H. Kaplan, R. Quinlan, R. Sear, E. Schniter,                                        ............C. von Rueden, A. Bell, & T. Hertz
             Current Anthropology

        Borgerhoff Mulder, M., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, J. Beise, G. Clark, I. Fazzio, M. Gurven, K. Hill,                                          ....       P. Hooper, W. Irons, H. Kaplan, D. Leonetti, B. Low, F. Marlowe, R. McElreath, S. Naidu, D. Nolin,                                                            P. Piraino, R. Quinlan, E. Schniter, R. Sear, M. Shenk, E.A. Smith, C. von Rueden, & P. Wiessner 

        von Rueden, C., M. Gurven, & H. Kaplan
             Evolution and Human Behavior

        Gurven, M. & C. von Rueden
             Social Biology                    

Cooperation and Competition

             von Rueden, C. & M. van Vugt
            The Leadership Quarterly

             von Rueden, C., S. Gavrilets, & L. Glowacki
            Philosophical Transactions B

             Glowacki, L. & C. von Rueden
            Philosophical Transactions B

             von Rueden, C., M. Gurven, H. Kaplan, & J. Stieglitz
            Human Nature

             von Rueden, C.
            Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

            Walker, R., S. Beckerman, M. Flinn, M. Gurven, C. von Rueden, K. Kramer, R. Greaves, L. Cordoba,
            D. Villar, E. Hagen, J. Koster, L. Sugiyama, T. Hunter, & K. Hill
            Current Anthropology

Trumble, B., D. Cummings, C. von Rueden, K. O'Connor, E.A. Smith, M. Gurven, & H. Kaplan
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

        von Rueden, C. & M. Gurven
             Comment on F. Guala "Reciprocity: Weak or Strong?" (pg. 43)
             Behavioral and Brain Sciences

        Sell, A., G. Bryant, L. Cosmides, J. Tooby, D. Sznycer, C. von Rueden, A. Krauss, & M. Gurven
        Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

        Gurven, M., J. Winking, H. Kaplan, C. von Rueden, & L. McAllister
             Human Nature

        Sell, A., J. Tooby, L. Cosmides, D. Sznycer, C. von Rueden, & M. Gurven
             Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences                                          


             von Rueden, C., B. Trumble, M. Emery Thompson, J. Stieglitz, P. Hooper, A. Blackwell, H. Kaplan, & M. Gurven
            Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health

            Stieglitz, J., E. Schniter, C. von Rueden, H. Kaplan, & M. Gurven
            Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences


             Lukaszewski, A. & C. von Rueden
            Personality and Individual Differences

             Gurven, M., C. von Rueden, J. Stieglitz, H. Kaplan, & D. Eid-Rodriguez
            Evolution and Human Behavior

            Gurven, M., C. von Rueden, M. Massenkoff, H. Kaplan, & M. Lero Vie
            Journal of Personality and Social Psychology


        H.C. Barrett, A. Bolyanatz, A. Crittenden, D. Fessler, S. Fitzpatrick, M. Gurven,                                                                                 J. Henrich, M. Kanovsky, G. Kushnick, A. Pisor, B. Scelza, S. Stich, C. von Rueden 
        W. Zhao, & S. Laurence
        Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  • Moral parochialism misunderstood: a reply to Piazza and Sousa............................ 2016
        Fessler, D., C. Holbrooke, M. Kanovsky, H.C. Barrett, A. Bolyanatz, M. Gervais,                                                                                              M. Gurven, J. Henrich, G. Kushnick, A. Pisor, S. Stich, C. von Rueden & S. Laurence
             Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

        Fessler, D., H.C. Barrett, M. Kanovsky, S. Stich, C. Holbrook, J. Henrich, A. Bolyanatz, M. Gervais,                                                              M. Gurven, G. Kushnick, A. Pisor, C. von Rueden & S. Laurence
             Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Life History Evolution

        Walker, R., O. Burger, J. Wagner, & C. von Rueden
             Journal of Human Evolution