Chet C. Sherwood

Chet Sherwood
Professor of Anthropology (he/him/his)
Office: SEH (800 22nd St.) 6800
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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

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.

Current Research

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

Dr. Sherwood's research in evolutionary neuroscience is driven by an interest in how brains differ among species and how this variation is correlated with behavior, shaped by the rules of developmental biology, 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. 

View Chet Sherwood's academic genealogy at Neurotree.


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


Articles and Book Chapters

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


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

Classes Taught

To see syllabi, click on the course title.

Anth 1001: Biological Anthropology
Anth 3413: Evolution of the Human Brain
Anth 6101: Proseminar in Biological Anthropology
Homp 8301: Problem-Based Learning Seminar

Last updated January 16, 2020