Melvin Konner, M.D., Ph.D.
Melvin Konner is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University. He studied at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, earned a doctorate in biological anthropology at Harvard, and did postdoctoral work at the Wurtman Laboratory of Neuroendocrine Regulation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent a total of two years doing fieldwork among the !Kung San (Bushmen), hunter-gatherers of Botswana, studying infant development and the hormonal mechanism of lactational infertility. After six years on the Harvard faculty, he attended Harvard Medical School and then moved to Emory University as department chair. He has held National Institute of Mental Health and National Science Foundation research grants, and has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of, among other books, The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit (2nd edition, revised and updated 2002), Becoming a Doctor (1987), Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews (2003) and The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind (2010).