Siobhán M Mattison

Associate Professor
Director, Human Family and Evolutionary Demography Lab

Photo: Siobhán M Mattison

Evolutionary Anthropology

At UNM since 
Curriculum vitae

Recent Courses:

  • Human Behavioral Ecology (ANTH 360)
  • The Human Life Course (ANTH 1170)
  • Field Methods in Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health (ANTH 450)
  • Evolutionary Demography (ANTH 450/550)
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Kinship (ANTH 450/550)
  • Research Design & Proposal Writing (ANTH 550)


BA, Cornell University (2003)

MA, University of Washington (2007)

PhD, University of Washington (2010)
Dissertation: “Demystifying the Mosuo: The behavioral ecology of China’s ‘last matrilineal’ society”.


Kinship, parenting, reproduction, social inequality, human behavioral ecology, demography, mixed methods, Vanuatu, China

Recent Publications:

2022. Mattison, Siobhán M., Darragh Hare, Neil G. MacLaren, Adam Reynolds*, Chun-Yi Sum, Mary K. Shenk, Tami Blumenfield, Mingjie Su*, Hui Li, and Katherine Wander. Context specificity of “market integration” among the matrilineal Mosuo of Southwest China. (Current Anthropology, published, 3/16/2022; co-first author).

2021. Brewis, Alexandra, Barbara Piperata, Francois Denagh, William Dressler, Melissa A. Liebert, Siobhán M. Mattison, Rosalyn Negrón, Robin Nelson, Katherine Oths, Jeffrey Snodgrass, Susan Tanner, Katherine Wander, and Clarence Gravlee. Biocultural strategies for measuring psychosocial stress outcomes in field-based research. Field Methods, 33 (4): 315-334. Doi: 10.1177/1525822X211043027

2021. Mattison, Siobhán M., Neil G. MacLaren, Adam Z. Reynolds*, Ruizhe Liu*, Gabrielle D. Baca*, Peter M. Mattison*, Meng Zhang, Chun-Yi Sum, Mary K. Shenk, Tami Blumenfield, Christopher von Rueden, and Katherine Wander. Gender differences in social networks based on prevailing kinship norms in the Mosuo of China. Social Sciences: July 2021. 

2021. Sum, Chun-Yi, Tami Blumenfield, Mary K. Shenk, and Siobhán M. Mattison. Hierarchy, Resentment, and Pride: Politics of Identity and Belonging among Mosuo, Yi, and Han in Southwest China. Modern China: June 2021. doi:10.1177/00977004211017814 

2021. Mattison, Siobhán M., Chun-Yi Sum, Adam Z. Reynolds*, Gabrielle D. Baca*, Sara Niedbalski*, Ruizhe Liu*, Meng Zhang, Lige Liu, Lin Wei*, Mingjie Su*, Hui Li, Tami Blumenfield, Mary K. Shenk, and Katherine Wander. A transition from patriliny to matriliny and back again: persistent identity and flexible kinship in the ethnic Mosuo of Southwest China. Matrix: A Journal of Matricultural Studies: 2(1), 90-117.

2020. Reynolds, Adam Z.*, Katherine Wander, Chun-Yi Sum, Mingjie Su*, Melissa Emery Thompson, Paul L. Hooper, Hui Li, Mary K. Shenk, Kathrine E. Starkweather*, Tami Blumenfield, Siobhán M. Mattison. Matriliny reverses gender disparities in inflammation and hypertension among the Mosuo of China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

2020. Wander, Katherine, Mingjie Su*, Peter M. Mattison*, Christopher C. Witt, Tami Blumenfield, Mary K. Shenk, Hui Li, and Siobhán M. Mattison. High altitude adaptation mitigates risk for hypertension and diabetes-associated anemia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (EDITOR'S CHOICE, JUNE 2020) 

2020. Scelza, Brooke A., Sean P. Prall, Tami Blumenfield, Alyssa N. Crittenden, Michael Gurven, Michelle Kline, Jeremy Koster, Geoff Kushnick, Siobhán Mattison, Elizabeth Pillsworth, Mary K. Shenk, Kathrine Starkweather, Jonathan Stieglitz, Chun-Yi Sum, Kyoko Yamaguchi, and Richard McElreath. Patterns of paternal investment predict cross-cultural variation in jealous response. Nature Human Behaviour: 10.1038/s41562-019-0654-y

2019. Mattison, Siobhán M., Mary K. Shenk, Melissa Emery Thompson, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, and Laura Fortunato. Preface: The evolution of female-biased kinship in mammals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B:

2019. Mattison, Siobhán M. Robert J. Quinlan, and Darragh Hare*. The expendable male hypothesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B:

2019. Koster, Jeremy, Dieter Lukas, David Nolin, Eleanor Power, Alexandra Alvergne, Ruth Mace, Cody Ross, Karen Kramer, Russell Greaves, Mark Caudell, Shane Macfarlan, Eric Schniter, Robert Quinlan, Siobhán M. Mattison, Adam Reynolds*, Chun-Yi Sum*, Eric Massengill*. Kinship ties across the lifespan in human communities. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B:

2019. Borgerhoff Mulder, Monique, Mary Towner, Ryan Baldini, Bret Beheim, Heidi Colleran, Michael Gurven, Karen Kramer, Siobhán M. Mattison, David Nolin, Brooke Scelza, Eric Shniter, Rebecca Sear, Mary K. Shenk, and Eckart Voland. Differences between Sons and Daughters in the Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B:

2018. Blumenfield, Tami, Chun-Yi Sum, Mary K. Shenk, and Siobhán M. Mattison. Poverty alleviation and mobility in southwest China: Examining effects of market transition and state policies in Mosuo communities. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, 47(3,4): 259-299.

2018. Spray, Julie*, Bruce Floyd, Judith Littleton, Susanna Trnka, and Siobhán M. Mattison. Social group dynamics predict stress variability among a classroom of New Zealand children. Homo. 69(1-2):50-61.

2018. Mattison, Siobhán M., Edmond Seabright*, Melissa J. Brown, Jingzhe (Bill) Cao, and Marcus W. Feldman. Adopted daughters and adopted daughters-in-law in Taiwan: A mortality analysis. Royal Society Open Science, 5(3): 171745.

2018. Mattison, Siobhán M., Cristina Moya, Adam Z. Reynolds*, and Mary Towner. Evolutionary demography of age at last birth: integrating approaches from human behavioral ecology and cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 373(1743): 20170060.