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Richard Machalek - Professor|Department of Sociology

Ph.D. University of Texas 1975; M.A. University of Texas at Austin 1972; B.S. Texas A&M University, College Station 1969


Richard Machalek received the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the University of Wyoming in 1988, he was a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas (1975-1988).  He has served as Head of the UW Department of Sociology (1988-1991; 2004-2005) and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University (1985-1988).  Machalek also has held appointments as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy (2002-2003), as Interim Dean of the University of Wyoming Libraries (2001-2002), as Visiting Scientist at the Centre for Rainforest Studies (Queensland, Australia; 1995), as Visiting Scholar in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University (1986), and as Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin (1979-1980; 1983).  His primary teaching and research interests pertain to the evolution of social behavior among both humans and nonhumans.  Other areas of interest include the sociology of religion, the sociology of the military, and sociological theory.

Research Interests:  Evolution of Social Behavior

Publications (Selected Articles):
      Turner, Jonathan H., Richard Machalek, and Alexandra Maryanski (editors). Forthcoming 2015. Handbook of Evolution and Society: Toward an Evolutionary Social Science. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

     Machalek, Richard and Michael W. Martin. Forthcoming 2015. “Sociobiology and Sociology: A New Synthesis.” In The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.). James D. Wright (editor). Oxford, England: Elsevier.

     Machalek, Richard and Michael W. Martin. Forthcoming 2015. “Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary Theory and Sociology.” Pp. 1-52 in Handbook of Evolution and Society: Toward an Evolutionary Social Science. Jonathan H. Turner, Richard Machalek, and Alexandra Maryanski (editors). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press.

     Machalek, Richard and Michael W. Martin. 2012. “Sacrifice, Gratitude, and Obligation: Serial Reciprocity in Early Christianity.” Pp. 39-75 in Biosociology and Neurosociology: Advances in Group Processes. Vol. 29, Will Kalkhoff, Shane R. Thye, and Edward J. Lawler (eds.).

     Machalek, Richard. 2011. “Biosociological Theories,” Pp. 31-32 in Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Vol. I.. George Ritzer and Michael Ryan (eds.). Malden, MA.

     Machalek, Richard and Michael W. Martin. 2010. “Evolution, Biology and Society: A Conversation for the 21st Century Sociology Classroom.” Teaching Sociology 38(1):34-45.

     Machalek, Richard and Michael W. Martin. 2010. “‘Evolutionary Theory Seems So Easy’: Reply to Lucal and Hanson.” Teaching Sociology 38(1):54-58.

     Machalek, Richard. 2008. Sociobiology and Sociology, in Historical Developments and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology, [Ed. Charles Crothers], in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolls Publishers, Oxford, UK, [http://www.eolss.net].

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