Ph.D., University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dr. John Hawks is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he has taught
courses ranging from biological anthropology to brain evolution since 2002. He earned his B.S. in Anthropology from
Kansas State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Early in his career, Dr. Hawks focused on fossil and archaeological evidence for human evolution. But as the Human
Genome Project was completed, he became one of the first paleoanthropologists to use both genetic and fossil information
to test hypotheses about human prehistory. More recently, his work on Neandertals has broken new ground, and his
prediction that humans and Neandertals likely interbred has been confirmed by the analysis of Neandertal DNA. He is the
author of groundbreaking research papers, and he has a devoted following on his science blog, where readers can follow
the latest news in paleoanthropology.