Benjamin Campbell

Benjamin Campbell

Associate Professor

Office: Sabin 125C
Phone: (414) 229-6250
Curriculum Vitae: pdf (104kb)


Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, Harvard University, 1990
M.A., Anthropology, Harvard University, 1986
M.A., Zoology, Indiana University, 1983
B.A., Biology, Indiana University, 1982

Research Narrative

My research is centered on human life history, hormones and the brain. I am interested in understanding how different life stages have emerged over the course of evolution and their implications for living humans. My past focused on the role of testosterone in the male life course among both humans and non-human primates. I have worked in several African populations, including Turkana and Ariaal pastorals, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. I have also investigated puberty among adolescent boys in Zimbabwe and the U.S. I have also published on hormones and reproduction in non-human primates. My current research focuses on the brain as the key element in structuring human life stages, in particular the role of adrenarche in brain development and its implications for aging. I am currently planning fieldwork in Africa to characterize the timing of adrenarche and its relationship to other life history markers among the Ariaal.

Other Relevant Activities:

Co-organizer, Human Migration Conference, University of Kansas, March 1 & 2, 2010

Courses Taught:

Anthro 301: Human Evolution and Variation - Sample Syllabus (pdf 33kb)
Anthro 404: Human Evolutionary Physiology - Sample Syllabus (pdf 32kb)
Anthro 406: Evolutionary Biology and Human Disease - Sample Syllabus (pdf 28kb)
Anthro 407: Neuroanthropology - Sample Syllabus (pdf 52kb)
Anthro 408: Hormones and Behavior - Sample Syllabus (pdf 22kb)

Selected Publications:

2012. Campbell B.C. and Barone L.M. Dopamine Genes and Human Migration. In: The Causes and Consequences of Human Migration: An Evolutionary Perspective. Crawford M. and Campbell B.C. (eds.) Cambridge University Press. pp. 45-64.

2012. Campbell B.C. Stone Age Body Image: Male Embodiment and Vitality in Subsistence Societies. In Neuroanthropology. Greg Downey and Daniel Lende (eds.) MIT Press. pp. 237-259.

2011. Campbell, B.C. Adrenarche in Comparative Perspective. American Journal of Human Biology 23:44-52. (pdf, 247kb)

2010. Campbell, B.C. Energetics and the Human Brain. in Human Evolutionary Biology, Muhlenbein, M. (ed). Cambridge University Press. Pp. 425-438.

2010. Campbell B.C., Dreber, A., Apicella C.L., Eisenberg, D.T., Gray, P.B., Little A.C., Garcia , J.R., Zamore, R.S., Lum, J.K. Testosterone Exposure, Dopaminergic Reward, and Sensation-Seeking in Young Men. Physiology and Behavior, 99:451-456. (pdf, 304kb)

2009. Campbell B.C., Garcia J.R. Neuroanthropology: Evolution and Emotional Embodiment. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience 1:e4. (pdf, 188kb)

2007. Campbell, B.C., Gray, P.B., Eisenberg, D.T., Ellison,P.T., Sorenson, M. Testosterone and Length of the Androgen Receptor CAG Repeats Predict Variation in Body Composition among Ariaal Men of Northern Kenya. International Journal of Andrology 32:140-8. (pdf, 572kb)

2007. Campbell B.C., Leslie P.W., Campbell, K.L. DHEAS among Turkana men of northern Kenya. The Aging Male 10:203-209. (pdf, 980kb)

2006. Campbell B.C., Leslie P.W., Campbell K.L. Age-related patterns of urinary gonadotropins among Turkana men of northern Kenya. Social Biology 53: 31-45. (pdf, 1.2mb)

2006. Campbell B.C. Adrenarche and the evolution of human life history. American Journal of Human Biology 18:569-589.

2005. Lukas, W.D., Campbell, B.C., Campbell, K.L. Urinary cortisol and muscle mass in Turkana men. American Journal of Human Biology 17:489-495 (pdf, 984kb)

2004. Campbell B.C., Gillett-Netting R., Meloy M. Catch-up reproductive maturation in rural Tonga girls, Zambia?. American Journal of Human Biology 16:1-12. (pdf, 148kb)

2002. Muehlenbein, M., Campbell, B.C., Murchison, M., Falkenstein, K. Morphological and hormonal parameters in two species of macaques: correlation between seasonal breeding and life-history changes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 117:218-27. (pdf, 3.8mb)

2000. Lukas, W. D., Campbell, B.C. Evolutionary and ecological aspects of early brain undernutrition in humans. Human Nature 11:1-26.

1996. Campbell B.C., Leslie P.W. The reproductive ecology of human males. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 38:1-26.

1995. Campbell, B.C., Udry, J.R. Stress and Age at Menarche of Mothers and Daughters. Journal of Biosocial Science 27, 127-34. (pdf, 332kb)

1992. Campbell B.C., Ellison, P.T. Menstrual variation of salivary testosterone in ovulatory and luteally suppressed cycles. Hormone Research 37:132-136. (pdf, 1.8mb)