Sage Junior Research Fellowships

The SAGE Junior Fellows Program supports the intellectual development of early-career UCSB postdoctoral scholars across the University. Fellows form a group bound by a common pursuit: to understand the mind and brain through a variety of complementary disciplines. Fellows form a close community through luncheons, meetings with SAGE visiting scholars and speakers, and quarterly presentations of their scholarship. Fellows each receive a credit that can be used to: support novel or high-risk scholarly pursuits or collaborations; organize an interdisciplinary symposium/workshop on a topic of the mind/brain; develop a series of public events; or enable an undertaking of the Fellow’s choice. Fellowships are awarded on a 1-year basis, with the possibility to extend to 2 years based on achievement demonstrated in Year 1.

With generous support from Hearst Foundations


Matthew Gervais

Matthew Gervais received a PhD in Anthropology from UCLA and a BS in Psychobiology and Philosophy, with a certificate in Evolutionary Studies (EvoS), from Binghamton University, SUNY. His research is broadly concerned with the evolution of human social relationships and the psychological mechanisms that support them, mixing methods from anthropology, biology, psychology, and economics. In his fieldwork in Yasawa, Fiji, Matthew studies the structure and functions of social sentiments, sharing norms, social networks, and risk management strategies. His research in the US focuses on subclinical psychopathy as a model of strategic social behavior. He has also published on moral parochialism, the functions and phylogeny of emotions, and social interaction. Currently Matthew is Assistant Director of the Human Generosity Project and a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers.

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