Richard G. Bribiescas is Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and Professor of Anthropology. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Prior to this position, he served as chair of the Department of Anthropology from 2010 until 2014. His primary responsibilities are to oversee university wide faculty development, including working with deans and others to identify, recruit, and promote outstanding faculty. He also provides support and advice to search, tenure, and appointments processes as well as being responsible for developing and deploying the university-wide Faculty Excellence and Diversity Initiative.
As a biological anthropologist and a primary investigator in the Yale Reproductive Ecology Laboratory, he conducts laboratory and field based research in human and comparative evolutionary biology in order gain insights into the evolution of our species and how it might inform our understanding of contemporary health and disease. He has conducted field research among the Ache people of Paraguay as well as populations in Venezuela, Japan, Ecuador, and the United States as well as with various species of non-human primates. He is presently a co-investigator with the Shuar Health and Life History Project in Ecuador. Vice Provost Bribiescas has authored or co-authored numerous scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and is the author of two books, Men: Evolutionary and Life History (2006, Harvard University Press) and How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals about Male Health and Mortality (2015, Princeton University Press). He is an Associate Editor for the journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health and serves on the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Anthropology as well as the American Journal of Human Biology. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology (double major) from the University of California, Los Angeles and an A.M and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. He joined the Yale faculty in 1998.