Erin P. Riley is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University, USA.
Riley builds a compelling case for reinforcing and expanding the longstanding links that connect primatology with anthropology. By weaving her own research interests with both historical and contemporary trajectories in the field, she expertly demonstrates how multi-faceted and informative the human dimensions of primatology can be. Considering the severity of the anthropogenic threats faced by most primates today, Riley's reminder of the anthropological roots of primatology comes at a critical time. - Karen B. Strier, Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Essential reading for primatologists young and old, Riley provides the historical anthropological context for the emergence of North American primatology, introducing the key contributions made by pioneers in the field that set the stage for contemporary field primatology as we know it. A pioneer in ethnoprimatology, Riley champions the promise it holds for studying non-human primates in the Anthropocene. - Michael Huffman, Department of Ecology and Social Behavior at the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan The Promise of Contemporary Primatology provides an insightful and well written journey through the history of primate studies and anthropology, highlighting how both are reconfigured as science, and how human-dominated landscapes intersect with research in the Anthropocene. Reclaiming primatology as anthropology is imperative for the field and for the conservation of species and habitats. A must-read book. - Shirley C. Strum, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, USA, and Director, Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project, Kenya The Promise of Contemporary Primatology is a must-read for all students of primatology and anthropology. Erin Riley masterfully traces the evolution of primatology over the years to show the field's integral links to anthropology and the very natural emergence of ethnoprimatology. Some previous studies have touched upon the tension in the relationship between anthropology and primatology; yet by framing this relationship against a historical perspective, Riley provides a much more holistic understanding of the kinship between the two disciplines. Riley successfully spotlights the strength of the interdisciplinarity that increasingly characterizes contemporary primatology, and achieves this in an engaging, accessible writing style that will appeal to the interested citizen as much as to scholars of the disciplines. - Sindhu Radhakrishna, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India