Peer victimization from an evolutionary perspective
Since 2005, I have been collaborating with colleagues from the Psychology Department at the University at Albany and more recently the Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University on the evolutionary underpinnings of bullying and victimization in adolescence.
My colleages and I have attempted to look for the ultimate evolutionary root of this ubiquitous and cross-cultural behavior. We have recently contributed a paper to the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior" which looks specifically at bullying behavior, strength, and mating opportunities in college students.
My collaborator, Andrew Gallup, won the 2007 UAlbany President's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for this paper. He is now working with Dr. David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton University) on an extension of this work.
Our November 2007 article in Evolution and Human Behavior has received attention from Pour la science (the official French version of Scientific American) and Science.