Joel Bray

IHO Affiliated Graduate Student
Graduate Assistant/Associate

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


Bray is an Evolutionary Anthropology graduate student in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. For his dissertation, Bray is studying the form, function, and development of male-male social relationships in wild chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. In particular, Bray is interested in understanding how early life social experiences influence individual variation among adults.

Broadly, Bray is interested in primate behavioral development, life history, social behavior, and social cognition, and he has published research on both wild chimpanzees and several species of lemur.

Bray is currently supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He also worked as a Teaching Assistant from Fall 2014 – Spring 2016.


B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, 2013

Research Interests

Primate behavioral ecology, social cognition, life history, development