Biography

Daniel Lieberman is Professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, and the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences at Harvard University. He is also a member of Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. He was educated at Harvard (AB ’86 Summa cum Laude, PhD ’93) and Cambridge (M.Phil. ’97). His research is on how and why the human body is the way it is, and the relevance of human evolution to contemporary health. Major research foci include the evolution of long distance walking and running abilities, the effects of shoes on locomotor biomechanics and injury, and the evolution of the highly unusual human head. To address these questions, he combines experimental biomechanics and physiology, paleontology, and comparative anatomy. He has ongoing fieldwork projects in Kenya and Mexico. At Harvard, he teaches a variety of courses on human evolution, anatomy, and physiology. In addition to many articles, he has published several books including The Evolution of the Human Head (Harvard University Press, 2011)The Story of the Human Body (Pantheon, 2013), and Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding (Pantheon, 2021).  He is an avid runner.