Positions

Overview

  • Professor Douglas P. Fry chairs the Anthropology Department and also holds an affiliation at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. He is a passionate teacher, having won an excellence in teaching award in 2005. He also is known by his students for weaving anecdotes and human interest tidbits into his lectures and writings on war and peace. His popular course "The Power of Nonviolence" links human rights and civil rights. One of his current interests involves researching anthropological “peace systems” — clusters of neighboring societies that do not make war with one another.

    Fry regularly lectures on peacemaking in the United States and abroad. He believes that anthropology holds important current-day lessons: “The macroscopic perspective of anthropology, with its expansive time frame and culturally comparative orientation, provides unique insights into the nature of war and holds some concrete lessons for how to develop a more safe and peaceful world.” A recent essay published in Peace News elaborates on this theme.

    Fry’s ability to make complex topics interesting and to explore the serious subjects of war and peace with a blend of realism and hopefulness has received praise from luminaries such as Jeffrey Sachs, Frans de Waal, and Robert Sapolsky. Central to Fry’s work is the question: How can we assure human rights and develop ways to deal with conflicts without violence?
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Aggression prevention and reduction in diverse cultures and contextsCurrent Opinion in Psychology.  19:49-54. 2018
    2014 Myths about hunter-gatherers redux: Nomadic forager war and peaceJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  6:255-266. 2014
    2013 The relevance of nomadic forager studies to moral foundations theory: Moral education and global ethics in the twenty-first centuryJournal of Moral Education.  42:346-359. 2013
    2013 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  5:17-20. 2013
    2013 The Evolution of Cooperation: What's War Got to Do With It?Reviews in Anthropology.  42:102-121. 2013
    2013 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  5:9-13. 2013
    2013 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  5:1-7. 2013
    2013 Lethal aggression in mobile forager bands and implications for the origins of warScience.  341:270-273. 2013
    2012 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  4:15-17. 2012
    2012 Life without warScience.  336:879-884. 2012
    2012 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  4:13-14. 2012
    2012 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  4:10-12. 2012
    2011 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  3:17-22. 2011
    2011 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  3:11-16. 2011
    2011 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  3:2-3. 2011
    2010 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  2:2-3. 2010
    2010 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  2:2-3. 2010
    2010 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  2:2-3. 2010
    2010 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  2:2. 2010
    2009 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  1:2-3. 2009
    2009 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  1:2-3. 2009
    2009 Anthropological insights for creating non-warring social systemsJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  1:4-15. 2009
    2009 EditorialJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  1:2-3. 2009
    2007 The geographic distribution of Big Five personality traits: Patterns and profiles of human self-description across 56 nationsJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.  38:173-212. 2007
    2004 Patterns and Universals of Mate Poaching Across 53 Nations: The Effects of Sex, Culture, and Personality on Romantically Attracting Another Person's PartnerJournal of Personality and Social Psychology.  86:560-584. 2004
    2004 Patterns and universals of adult romantic attachment across 62 cultural regions: Are models of self and of other pancultural constructs?Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.  35:367-402. 2004
    2003 Are men universally more dismissing than women? Gender differences in romantic attachment across 62 cultural regionsPersonal Relationships.  10:307-331. 2003
    2003 Universal Sex Differences in the Desire for Sexual Variety: Tests from 52 Nations, 6 Continents, and 13 IslandsJournal of Personality and Social Psychology.  85:85-104. 2003
    2001 Developing alternatives to war: Insights from anthropological researchAggressive Behavior.  27:246-247. 2001
    2001 From Finns to Zapotecs: Aggression prevention in a cross-cultural perspectiveAggressive Behavior.  27:226-226. 2001
    1998 Anthropological perspectives on aggression: Sex differences and cultural variationAggressive Behavior.  24:81-95. 1998
    1998 The web of violence: From the interpersonal to globalAggressive Behavior.  24:471-474. 1998
    1994 Indirect modes of aggression among women of Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSex Roles.  30:213-236. 1994
    1994 Preface: The cultural construction of gender and aggressionSex Roles.  30:165-167. 1994
    1993 The Intergenerational Transmission of Disciplinary Practices and Approaches to ConflictHuman Organization.  52:176-185. 1993
    1993 CONFLICT-RESOLUTION - CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES - AVRUCH,K, BLACK,PW, SCIMECCA,JAAggressive Behavior.  19:313-315. 1993
    1992 “Respect for the Rights of Others Is Peace”: Learning Aggression versus Nonaggression among the ZapotecAmerican Anthropologist.  94:621-639. 1992
    1991 AGGRESSIVE INTERACTION AMONG ZAPOTEC CHILDREN IN 2 DIFFERENT MICRO-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTSAggressive Behavior.  17:68-68. 1991
    1991 THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF CONFLICT-RESOLUTION STYLES IN A NONWESTERN CULTUREAggressive Behavior.  17:68-69. 1991
    1990 Play aggression among zapotec children: Implications for the practice hypothesisAggressive Behavior.  16:321-340. 1990
    1988 Intercommunity differences in aggression among Zapotec children.Child Development.  59:1008-1019. 1988
    1987 Differences between playfighting and serious fighting among Zapotec childrenEthology and sociobiology.  8:285-306. 1987
    1987 What human sociobiology has to offer economic anthropology and vice versaJournal of social and biological structures.  10:37-51. 1987
    1985 Utilizing Human Capacities for Survival in the Nuclear AgeSecurity Dialogue.  16:159-166. 1985
    1980 The evolution of aggression and the level of selection controversyAggressive Behavior.  6:69-89. 1980

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    2003 Keeping the peace: Conflict resolution and peaceful societies around the world 2003
    2003 Preface 2003

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Human aggression from a cross-cultural perspective.  83-93. 2018
    2016 Reducing aggression and violence.  307-320. 2016
    2016 Anthropological aspects of ostracism.  258-272. 2016
    2016 Anthropology: Implications for peace.  69-81. 2016
    2015 Conflict and War: Anthropological Aspects.  614-619. 2015
    2012 Culture of peace.  227-243. 2012
    2010 Aggression and Altruism.  14-28. 2010
    2010 Peaceful Societies.  1557-1570. 2010
    2003 Conclusion: Learning from peaceful societies.  185-204. 2003
    2003 Multiple paths to peace: The "La Paz" Zapotec of Mexico.  73-88. 2003

    Research Overview

  • Anthropology of war and peace, conflict resolution, nonviolence, human rights
  • Teaching Activities

  • ANTH418 - The Power of Nonviolence (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ANTH488 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ANTH518 - The Power of Nonviolence (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ANTH588 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ANTH412 - Peaceful Societies Peace Sys (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH486 - Spec Probs in Applied Anth (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH488 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH512 - Peaceful Societies Peace Syst (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH588 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH686 - Spec Probs in Applied Anth (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH588 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH686 - Spec Probs in Applied Anth (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH691 - Spec Problems in Cultural Anth (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH692 - Spec Problems in Archaeology (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH699 - Thesis Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH588 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH652 - Sustainable Peace Seminar (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ANTH408 - Con Res Cross-Cult Pers (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH508 - Con Res Cross-Cult Pers (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH588 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH686 - Spec Probs in Applied Anth (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH587 - Spec Probs in Peace Res (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH692 - Spec Problems in Archaeology (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH699 - Thesis Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH418 - The Power of Nonviolence (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH518 - The Power of Nonviolence (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH588 - Spec Problems in Human Rts (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ANTH412 - Peaceful Societies Peace Sys (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH432 - Villains Victims & Vigilantes (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH512 - Peaceful Societies Peace Syst (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH532 - Villains Victims & Vigilantes (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH492 - Spec Problems in Archaeology (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH357 - Anthropology of Gender (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH483 - Intern in Peace Just and Env (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH657 - Anthropology of Gender (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ANTH447 - Advanced Peace Studies (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ANTH483 - Intern in Peace Just and Env (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ANTH647 - Advanced Peace Studies (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ANTH492 - Spec Problems in Archaeology (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ANTH497 - Special Topics in Anthropology (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ANTH436 - Community Internship (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ANTH447 - Advanced Peace Studies (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ANTH483 - Intern in Peace Just and Env (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ANTH496 - Spec Problems in Bio Anth (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ANTH498 - Honors Thesis Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ANTH647 - Peace Studies (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, Indiana University System : Indiana University-Bloomington 1986
  • Full Name

  • Douglas Fry