Chet C. Sherwood

Chet Sherwood

Chet C. Sherwood

Professor of Anthropology (he/him/his); CASHP Core Faculty


Office Phone: (202) 994-6346
Lab: SEH / (202) 994-5923

Dr. Sherwood is a biological anthropologist interested in brain evolution in primates and other mammals. He is a member of the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology and GW Mind-Brain Institute. He also serves as a director of the National Chimpanzee Brain Resource.

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2022
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2021
OVPR Distinguished Researcher Award, 2018
Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship, 2012
James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, 2011

Evolutionary neuroscience; comparative neuroanatomy of the cerebral cortex in mammals.

For the latest updates, visit the Laboratory for Evolutionary Neuroscience webpage.

Dr. Sherwood's research in evolutionary neuroscience is driven by an interest in understanding how brains differ among species and how this variation is correlated with behavior, shaped by the rules of developmental biology, impacted by experience, and encoded in the genome. Within the scope of this research, a particular focus is the examination of human brain organization in comparison to other primates. 

ANTH 1001: Biological Anthropology
ANTH 3413: Evolution of the Human Brain
ANTH 6101: Proseminar in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 6423: Evolution of the Human Brain

An up-to-date list of Dr. Sherwood's publications can be found on his laboratory's publications page and his Google Scholar profile page.

Ph.D. 2003, Columbia University
M.A. 1998, Columbia University
M.A. 1996, New York University
B.A. 1995, Columbia University