Chet Sherwood

Chet Sherwood

Professor of Anthropology
Faculty: Full-Time
Office: SEH (800 22nd St.) 6800
Address: Lab: SEH / (202) 994-5923
Phone: 202-994-6346

Areas of Expertise

Evolution of the primate brain; biological bases of human cognitive abilities; primatology.

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, the GW Mind-Brain Institute, and the GW Institute for Neuroscience. 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, how this variation is correlated with behavior, how it is constrained by the rules of biological form, and how it is 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. 


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.


Awarded the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship, 2012

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 February 2, 2018