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Anthropology and Museum Studies

College of the Sciences

Jessica A. Mayhew

Mayhew photograph

Associate 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

Interests & Expertise

Biological anthropology; primate social behavior; play behavior; primate socio-cognition; ethnoprimatology; large-bodied apes; gorillas; Macaca spp.

Courses Taught

ANTH 110: Exploring Biological Anthropology
ANTH 301: Principles & Assessment
ANTH 312: Human Origins: The Fossil Evidence
ANTH 380: Nonverbal Communication
ANTH 412: Monkeys of the Neotropics
ANTH 416: Apes
ANTH 499: Play Behavior
PRIM 184: Primate Personhood
PRIM 503: Current Issues in Primatology
PRIM 504: Primate Culture & Cognition
PRIM 505: Ethnoprimatology
PRIM 506: Survey of the Primates

Selected Publications

  • Batist, C.H. & Mayhew, J.A. (2020). Lateralization in seven lemur species when presented with a novel cognitive task. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 172: 270-279.
  • Sacco, A., Mayhew, J.A., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G., & Binder, A. (2020). Detection of neopterin in the urine of captive and wild platyrrhines. BMC Zoology, 5(2): 1-8.
  • Mayhew, J.A., Funkhouser, J.A., & Wright, K.R. (2020). Considering social play in primates: A case study in juvenile Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana). In Li, J-H., Sun, L. & Kappeler, P. (Eds.) The Behavioral Ecology of the Tibetan Macaque. New York: Springer.
  • Pareja, M.N., McKinney, T., Mayhew, J.A., Setchell, J.M., Heaton, R., & Nash, S. (2019). A new identification of the monkeys depicted in a Bronze Age wall painting from Akrotiri, Thera. Primates, 61: 159-168.
  • 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. & 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.


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