Skip to body

Anthropology and Museum Studies

College of the Sciences

Jessica A. Mayhew

Mayhew photograph

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Evolutionary Psychology, University of St. Andrews, 2013
M.A. Social Science (MAPSS), The University of Chicago, 2008
B.A. Biology, The University of Chicago, 2007

Office: Dean Hall 341

Phone: 509-963-3220

(see full CV)

Interests & Expertise

Biological anthropology; primate social behavior; play behavior; primate socio-cognition; ethnoprimatology; great apes; macaques

Courses Taught

ANTH 110: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 301: Principles & Assessment
ANTH 312: Human Origins: The Fossil Evidence
ANTH 380: Non-verbal Communication
ANTH 412: Monkeys of the Neotropics
ANTH 416: Apes
ANTH 499: Play Behavior
PRIM 503: Current Issues in Primatology
PRIM 504: Primate Culture & Cognition
PRIM 505: Ethnoprimatology

Selected Publications

Funkhouser, J.A., Mayhew, J.A., Sheeran, L.K., Mulcahy, J.B., Li, J-H. (2018). Investigations of context-dependent dominance in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and wild Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana). Scientific Reports, 8:1908.

Wright, K.R., Mayhew, J.A., Sheeran, L.K., Funkhouser, J.A., Wagner, R.S., Sun, L., & Li, J-H. (2018). Playing it cool: Characterizing social play, bout termination, and candidate play signals by infant and juvenile Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana). Zoological Research, 39(4): 272-283.

Funkhouser, J.A., Mayhew, J.A., & Mulcahy, J.B. (2018). Social network and dominance hierarchy analyses at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. PLOS ONE, 13(2): e0191898.

Mayhew, J.A. (2017). Nzhu Jimangemi (The Gorilla's Wife). Film review. General Anthropology, 24(2): 12-13.

Mayhew, J.A. & Gómez, J-C. (2015). Gorillas with white sclera: A naturally occurring variation in a morphological trait linked to social cognitive functions. American Journal of Primatology, 77(8): 869-77.

Maestripieri, D., Mayhew, J., Carlson, C.L., Hoffman, C.L., & Radtke, J.M. (2007). One male harems and female social dynamics in Guinea baboons. Folia Primatologica, 78: 56-68.


Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.