Evan MacLean, PhD

Assistant Professor

Instructional Focus

Canine Cognition & Human-Animal Bond
  • Animal Minds (ANTH 170C2)/Dog Thought (ANTH 327)

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment.

Academic/Professional Bio

Dr. Evan MacLean is a biological anthropologist and comparative psychologist with an interest in cognitive evolution and the study of animal minds. His work is motivated by questions about what makes the human mind unique, as well as how and why cognition evolves. He currently runs the Arizona Canine Cognition Center.

Educational Background

He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2012, and served as Co-Director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center from 2012-2016. Dr. MacLean conducts research with diverse species ranging from chimpanzees and bonobos to lemurs and domestic dogs.

Dr. MacLean teaches courses in the School of Anthropology on a range of topics, including cognitive evolution and statistics using R.


For an overview of Dr. MacLean's research, please see the publications page, his CV, or one of his external profile pages: Google ScholarResearchGate.