Barbara J. King is a biological anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at The College of William and Mary whose research interests concern the social communication of the great apes, the closest living relatives to humans. Her book, Evolving God, represents an exciting breakthrough in the general study of evolution as it relates to the evolution of religion. Drawing on her own extensive investigations into the behavior of our closest primate relatives and the most up-to-date research in archaeology, anthropology, and biology, Barbara King offers a comprehensive, holistic view of how and why religion came to be. Evolving God explores one of the greatest mysteries in human history-the question of whether humankind is innately religious-and provides evidence that will have a tremendous impact on current debates about evolution, creationism, and intelligent design.
Professor King has studied ape and monkey behavior in Gabon, Kenya, and at the Language Research Center at Georgia State University. The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, she has published three books on anthropology, including The Information Continuum: Social Information Transfer in Monkeys, Apes, and Hominids. At William and Mary, where she has developed courses such as "Biological Anthropology: and Evolutionary Perspective" and "Roots of Human Behavior," Professor King has won four teaching awards: The William and Mary Alumni Association Teaching Award, the College's Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the Virginia State Council of Higher Education's Outstanding Faculty Award, and the designation of University Professor for Teaching Excellence, 1999-2002. She received her B.A. in anthropology from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.