Kate Russell

SFI Omidyar Fellow Laura Fortunato, winner of the Gabriel W. Lasker Prize for the best 2011 paper in the journal Human Biology, discusses her work to reconstruct past modes of social organization for societies speaking Indo-European languages, focusing on marriage and residence strategies.

The interview is conducted by human population geneticist Evelyne Heyer.

Read the interview in Human Biology (September 2012, subscription or purchase required)

Fortunato's work looks at such markers as monogamy (marriage allowed to only one spouse at any one time), polygyny (marriage allowed to multiple wives simultaneously), neolocality (residence of the married couple apart from the kin of either spouse), uxorilocality (residence of the married couple with or near the wife’s kin), and virilocality (residence of the married couple with or near the husband’s kin).

More about Fortunato's research