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Cristina Moya


  • PhD, Anthropology, UCLA, 2012
  • BA, Anthropology & Psychology, UC Berkeley, 2003


I am an evolutionary anthropologist interested in how humans respond adaptively to culturally structured social worlds.

Research Focus

Two main foci of my research are:

1. Intergroup interactions and social cognition. Specifically, I examine humans’ psychological adaptations for processing ethnic social categories using cross-cultural and developmental research. My primary geographic focus has been among agro-pastoralists in the Peruvian Altiplano along the Quechua-Aymara linguistic border

2. Cross-cultural variation in social effects on reproduction. I examine why and how family members and religiosity affect fertility outcomes across space and time. I also work on why social learning processes influence reproductive decision-making so much and how this can give rise to puzzling phenomena such as the demographic transition, below replacement fertility, and cross-site variation in life history decisions.

I am also starting projects on the origins of ritual participation at a new pilgrimage site, and inter-site variation in collective action on vicuña hunts, both in the Peruvian Altiplano.

See list of publications on Google Scholar