Larissa Swedell
Ph.D. Columbia University 2000

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College-CUNY
Professor, CUNY AnthropologyBiology, and Psychology PhD Programs
Core Faculty, New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (
Honorary Research Associate, Archaeology, University of Cape Town

Office: Powdermaker Hall 315-E
Phone: 718-997-2897
Fax: 718-997-2885



Larissa Swedell is a field primatologist whose research focuses primarily on the behavior and ecology of hamadryas baboons, Papio hamadryas. She directs the Filoha Hamadryas Project, a multi-disciplinary, multi-national project based in Ethiopia’s Awash National Park.  As an anthropologist, Larissa is interested in how the unique, male dominated multi-level society of this species may elucidate aspects of human social evolution.  As a complement to her research, Larissa is involved in conservation strategies to promote the value of baboons, which are regarded as pests all over Africa and are emblematic of human-wildlife conflict globally.

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Teaching & Research Focus:

  • Primate Diversity
  • Primate Social Behavior
  • Sexual Selection
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Human Social Evolution
  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation 


Mailing Address: Department of Anthropology, Queens College, Flushing NY 11367-1597 USA