Associate Professor


  • PhD, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Leipzig, 2007.
  • Diplompsychologe (Master’s), Freie Universität Berlin, 2003.

Academic positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 2017 – present.
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 2009 – 2017.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, 2007 – 2009.

Curriculum Vitae | Grants | Awards

Talks & Interviews

PBS: Altruism in Kids & Chimps

The Human Spark with Alan Alda


TEDx Talk on the origins of altruism

The Roots of Altruism

Presentation at Heart-Mind Conference 2014

The Evolution of Cooking

Public lecture with Dr. Alexandra Rosati at the Cafe Sci Boston


Chimpanzees Would Cook

– New York Times, 2015

Master Chef – Chimpanzee Edition

– Quirks and Quarks podcast, 2015

Chimps who cook

– WNYC radio show, 2015

The development of human Altruism

– Stanford CCARE, 2014

Interview on altruism

– Heart-Mind Conference Vancouver, 2014

How Do Children Develop Empathy?

– The Daily Circuit, MPR News, January 2013

Altruism & Social Intelligence

– Darwin Day panel discussion at NYU, 2012

Every Chimp for Himself

– Nature Podcast, July 2011

Altruism in chimps and humans

– Exploratorium, August 2008

Chimp Behavior in Lab and Field

– Exploratorium, August 2008

Ursprung der Kooperation

– Keynote address at Festpielhaus Bregenz (in German)