Professor of Anthropology

Jonathan Marks

Some Recent Publications


· Marks, J. (2014) Human Genome Diversity Project.  [Encyclopedia of] Bioethics, 4th Edition. Edited by Bruce Jennings. Vol. 3, pp. 1578-1583.  Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference.

· Marks, J. (2014)  Review of A Troublesome InheritanceThe Huffington Post

· Marks, J. (2014) The Genes Made Us Do It:  The new pseudoscience of racial difference.  In These Times.

· Marks, J. (2013) Human genomics and anthropologyGeneral Anthropology, 20:1-4.

· Marks, J. (2013)  The nature/culture of genetic factsAnnual Review of Anthropology, 42:247–267.

· Marks, J. (2013) Pop anthropology, with little anthropology or popReviews in Anthropology, 42: 207-226.

· Marks, J.  (2012)  Why be against Darwin?  Creationism, racism, and the roots of anthropologyYearbook of Physical Anthropology, 55:95–104.

· Marks, J. (2012) My ancestors, myselfAeon Magazine, 21 November 2012.

· Marks, J. (2012) The biological myth of human evolutionContemporary Social Science, 7(2):139-157.

· Marks, J. (2012) Recent advances in culturomics.  [Review of Sense and Nonsense, by Kevin N. Laland and Gillian R. Brown; Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution, by Marion Blute; Cultural Evolution, by Kate Distin; Cultural Evolution, by Alex Mesoudi; Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies, by Benoît Dubreuil; Ancestors and Relatives, by Eviatar Zerubavel; and Social Anthropology and Human Origins, by Alan Barnard.]  Evolutionary Anthropology, 21:38-42.

· Marks, J. (2012) The origins of anthropological geneticsCurrent Anthropology, 53, Supplement 5:S161-S172.

· Marks, J. (2012) Evolutionary ideologies.  In: Pragmatic Evolution: Applications of Evolutionary Theory, edited by Aldo Poiani.  New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 297-312.

· Marks, J. (2011) Applied anthropology anyone? Anthropology Today, 27 (3):3-4.

§ Marks, J. (2011) The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology [aka “the un-textbook”]. New York: Oxford University Press.

§ Kuper, A., and Marks, J. (2011) Anthropologists, unite! Nature, 470:166-168.

§ Marks, J. (2011) Off human nature. American Anthropologist, 112:513.

§ Marks, J. (2010) Why were the first anthropologists creationists? Evolutionary Anthropology,19:222-226.

§ Marks, J. (2010) Ten facts about human variation. In: Human Evolutionary Biology, edited by M. Muehlenbein. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp . 265-276.

§ Marks, J. (2010) Voltaire this ain’t (Review of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins). Dialectical Anthropology, 34:339-346.

§ Marks, J. (2010) Science, samples, and people. Anthropology Today, 26(3):3-4.

§ Marks, J. (2010) The two 20th century crises of racial anthropology. In: History of Physical Anthropology in the Twentieth Century, edited by M. A. Little and K. A. R. Kennedy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 187-206.

·  Marks, J. (2009) The making of the Adamic bomb [Review of Adam’s Ancestors, by David Livingstone; Darwin’s Sacred Cause, by Adrian Desmond and James Moore; Why Evolution is True, by Jerry Coyne; and Owen’s Ape and Darwin’s Bulldog, by Christopher Cosans]. Evolutionary Anthropology, 18:272-274.


·  Marks, J. (2009) What is the viewpoint of hemoglobin, and does it matter? History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 31:239-260.

§ Marks, J. (2009) Let’s move on from race. Channel 4, UK.

§ Marks, J. (2009) Why I Am Not A Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press.

§ Marks, J. (2009) Darwin’s ventriloquists. Anthropology Now, 1(3):1-11.

§ Marks, J. (2009) Ape and human similarities can be deceptive. Nature, 460:796.

§ Marks, J. (2009) Lessons from history. International Journal of Cultural Property, 16: 199-204.

§ Marks, J. (2009) The nature of humanness. In: The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology, ed. B. Cunliffe, C. Gosden, and R. Joyce. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 237-253.

§ Marks, J. (2009) Intelligent Design and the Native’s Point of View (Assuming the Native is an Educated 18th Century European). In: Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation, edited by R. Robbins and M. N. Cohen. New York: Pearson Education, pp. 87-98.

§ Marks, J. (2009) Is poverty better explained by history of colonialism? Nature, 458:145-146.

§ Marks, J. (2008) The long shadow (Review of Davenport’s Dream, edited by Witkowski and Inglis). Nature Genetics, 40:1038.

§ Marks, J. (2008) The construction of Mendel’s Laws. Evolutionary Anthropology, 17:250-253.

§ Marks, J. (2008) Human Genome Diversity Studies: Impact on Indigenous Communities. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences <>. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005172.pub2

§ Marks, J. (2008) The Growth of Scientific Standards from “Anthropology Days” to Present Days. In: The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism, ed. by S. Brownell. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 383-396.

§ Marks, J. (2008) Race: Past, Present, and Future. In: Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age, edited by B. Koenig, S. Lee, and S. Richardson. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, pp. 21-38.

§ Marks, J. (2008) Caveat emptor? The Newsletter of the ESRC Genomics Network, 7 (March 2008): 22-23.

§ Marks, J. (2008) Entries: Genetic Distance (vol. 2, pp. 27-28); Genetic Marker (vol. 2, pp. 28-29); Great Chain of Being (vol. 2, pp. 68-73); Scientific Racism, History of (vol. 3, pp. 1-16); Subspecies (vol. 3, pp. 104-105). In: The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, ed. John H. Moore (Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA).

§ Marks, J. (2008) Race across the physical-cultural divide in American anthropology. In: A New History of Anthropology, edited by H. Kuklick. New York: Blackwell, pp. 242-258.

§ Marks, J. (2007) On rescuing science from scientists. In: The Joys of Teaching Anthropology, ed. by P. Rice, C. Kottak, and D. MacCurdy. New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 55-62.

§ Marks, J. (2007) Human biological diversity. In: New Encyclopedia of Africa, ed. by J. Middleton and J. Miller. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 2:620-624.

§ Bolnick, D. A., Fullwiley, D., Duster, T., Cooper, R. S., Fujimura, J., Kahn, J., Kaufman, J., Marks, J., Morning, A., Nelson, A., Ossorio, P., Reardon, J., Reverby, S., and Tallbear, K. (2007) The science and business of genetic ancestry testing. Science, 318:399-400.

§ Marks, J. (2007) Anthropological taxonomy as both subject and object: The consequences of descent from Darwin and Durkheim. Anthropology Today, 23(4):7-12.

§ Marks, J. (2007) Grand anthropological themes (Comment on Stephan Palmie’s “Genomics, divination, “racecraft”). American Ethnologist, 34:233-235.

§ Marks, J. (2007) Long shadow of Linnaeus’s human taxonomy. Nature, 447:28.

§ Marks, J. (2007) Who really wants to save the apes? Journal of Biosciences, 32:183-184.

§ Marks, J. (2006) Review of A Genetic And Cultural Odyssey: The Life And Work of L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza by Linda Stone and Paul F. Lurquin. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 12, 1001-1003.

§ Marks, J. (2006) Review of The Metaphysics of Apes by Raymond Corbey. International Journal of Primatology, 27:1223-1225.

§ Marks, J. (2006) The scientific and cultural meaning of the odious ape-human comparison. In: The Nature of Difference: Science, Society and Human Biology, edited by G. Ellison and A. Goodman. London: CRC Press, pp. 35-51.

§ Marks, J. and Harry, D. (2006) Counterpoint: Blood-Money. Evolutionary Anthropology, 15:93-94.

§ Marks, J. (2005) New information, enduring questions: Race, genetics, and medicine in the 21st century. GeneWatch, 18(4): 13-16.

§ Marks, J. (2005) Ernst Mayr, 1904-2005. Evolutionary Anthropology, 14:83-85.

§ Marks, J. (2005) The profound relevance and irrelevance of biology. General Anthropology, 11(2):1,5-7.

§ Marks, J. (2005) The realities of races. Social Science Research Council Web Forum: Is Race Real?

§ Marks, J. (2005) Phylogenetic trees and evolutionary forests. Evolutionary Anthropology, 14:49-53.

§ Marks, J. (2005) Your body, my property: The problem of colonial genetics in a post-colonial world. In: Embedding Ethics, edited by Lynn Meskel and Peter Pels. Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 29-45.

§ Marks, J. (2005) Anthropology and The Bell Curve. In: Why America's Top Pundits are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back, edited by C. Besteman and H. Gusterson. University of California Press, pp. 206-227.

§ Marks, J. (2004) What, if anything, is a Darwinian anthropology? Social Anthropology, 12:181-193.

§ Marks, J. (2004) The cultural bias of genetics (my title was "Folk heredity and our place in nature") Project Syndicate (European science) website.

§ Marks, J. (2004) Review of Race: The Reality of Human Differences, by Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele. The Common Review, 3(2):42-44.

§ Marks, J. (2004) Science and antiscience: Response to Weiss. American Anthropologist, 106:786-787.

§ Marks, J. (2003) Human Genome Diversity Project: Impact on Indigenous Communities. In: Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. London: Macmillan.

§ Marks, J. (2003) 98% Chimpanzee and 35% Daffodil: The Human Genome in Evolutionary and Cultural Context. In: Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two Culture Divide, ed. by A. Goodman, D. Heath, and M. S. Lindee. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 132-152.

§ Marks, J. (2003) Against the genetic grain (Review of Making Genes, Making Waves: A Social Activist in Science, by Jon Beckwith). The Nation, 276(13):29-32 (April 7).

§ Marks, J. (2002) The faces of eugenics (Review of The Unfit by E. A. Carlson, A Life of Sir Francis Galton by N. W. Gillham, and Building a Better Race by W. Kline). Evolutionary Anthropology, 11: 249-251.

§ Marks, J. (2002) Entries: Aleš Hrdlicka, Harry Shapiro, W. W. Howells, and Sherwood Washburn. In: Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association: Presidential Portraits, ed. R. Darnell and F. Gleach. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association, and Omaha: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 45-48,125-128,137-140,181-184.

§ Marks, J. (2002) What is molecular anthropology? What can it be? Evolutionary Anthropology, 11:131-135.

§ Marks, J. (2002) Contemporary bio-anthropology: Where the trailing edge of anthropology meets the leading edge of bioethics. Anthropology Today, 18(4):9-13.

§ Marks, J. (2002) What It Means To Be 98% Chimpanzee. Berkeley: University of California Press. Now in Italian, Japanese, and Czech!

§ Marks, J. (2002) Review of Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science, edited by Robert Aunger. American Anthropologist, 104:341-342.

§ Marks, J. (2002) Genes, bodies, and species. In: Physical Anthropology: Original Readings in Method and Practice, edited by Peter N. Peregrine, C. R. Ember and M. Ember. Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, pp. 14-28.

§ Marks, J. (2002) Folk heredity. In: Race and Intelligence: Separating Science from Myth, ed. by J. Fish. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 95-116.

§ Marks, J. (2001) “We’re going to tell those people who they really are”: Science and relatedness. In: Relative Values: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies, ed. by S. Franklin and S. McKinnon. Chapel Hill, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 355-383.

§ Shelton, B. L., and Marks, J. (2001) Genes and native identity. GeneWatch, 14(5):6-8.

§ Marks, J. (2001) Scientific and folk ideas about heredity. In: The Human Genome Project and Minority Communities: Ethical, Social, and Political Dilemmas, ed. by R. Zilinskas and P. Balint. Westport, CT: Greenwood, pp. 53-66.

§ Marks, J. (2001) Comment on Lieberman (How "Caucasoids" got such big crania and why they shrank: From Morton to Rushton). Current Anthropology, 42:83-84.

§ Groce, N. E., and Marks, J. (2000) The Great Ape Project and disability rights: Ominous undercurrents of eugenics in action. American Anthropologist, 102:818-822.

§ Marks, J. (2000) Review of Taboo by Jon Entine. Human Biology, 72:1074-1078.

§ Marks, J. (2000) Sherwood Washburn 1911-2000. Evolutionary Anthropology, 9(6):225-226.

§ Marks, J. (2000) Heredity and genetics after the Holocaust. In: Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Christians and Jews, ed. by Michael Signer. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp.241-249.

§ Marks, J. (2000) Ashley Montagu: 1905-1999. Evolutionary Anthropology, 9(3):111-112.

§ Marks, J. (2000) Human biodiversity as a central theme of biological anthropology: Then and Now. In: Racial Anthropology: Retrospective on Carleton Coon's The Origin of Races (1962). Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers, Number 84, pp. 1-10.

§ Marks, J. (2000) 98% Alike? (What Our Similarity to Apes Tells Us About Our Understanding of Genetics) The Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 May 2000, p. B7.

§ Marks, J. (2000) The feckless quest for the basketball gene. The New York Times (Op-Ed), Saturday April 8, p. A27.

§ Marks, J. (2000) Entries: Allele, Chromosome, DNA Hybridization, Gene, Genetics, Genome, Genotype, Immunological Distance, Mitochondrial Eve Theory, Molecular Anthropology, Molecular Clock, Non-Darwinian Evolution, Phenotype, Polytypic, Population, Race (Human). In: The Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory, 2d ed., ed. by I. Tattersall, E. Delson, and J. Van Couvering. New York: Garland Press.

§ Harry, D., and Marks, J. (1999) Human population genetics versus the HGDP (Comment on the paper by Resnick). Politics and the Life Sciences, September 1999: 303-305.

§ Marks, J. (1998) How can we interject human evolution into more museums? The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 4, 1998, p. B9.

§ Marks, J. (1998) Review of Demonic Males by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson, Human Biology, 70:143-146.

§ Marks, J. (1997) Entries: Buffon, Buffon’s Natural History, Eugenics, Molecular Anthropology, Genetics (Mendelian), Genetic Drift, Hardy-Weinberg, Mutation. In: History of Physical Anthropology: An Encyclopedia, ed. by F. Spencer. New York: Garland Press.

§ Marks, J. (1996) Science and race. American Behavioral Scientist, 40:123-133.

· Marks, J. (1996) The anthropology of science, Part II: Scientific norms and behaviors.
Evolutionary Anthropology, 5:75-80

· Marks, J. (1996) The anthropology of science, Part I: Science as a humanities.
Evolutionary Anthropology, 5:6-10.

· Marks, J. (1996) The legacy of serological studies in American physical anthropology.
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 18:345-362.

· Marks, J. (1995) Human Biodiversity: Genes, Race, and History. Aldine de Gruyter, New York.

· Godfrey, L., and Marks, J. (1991) The nature and origins of primate species.
             Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 34:39-68.

· Marks, J. (1989) Genetic assimilation in the evolution of bipedalismHuman Evolution, 4:493-499.

Jonathan Marks
Department of Anthropology

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