Joseph Kilgallen

Joseph Kilgallen
Department of Anthropology
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

I am a graduate student in the Integrative Anthropological Sciences program. My research interests include human behavioral ecology, sexual conflict theory, parental investment, gender equality, as well as intimate partner violence. My current research focuses on understanding the variation in men’s attitudes across dimensions of women’s empowerment. I conduct field research in Mwanza region, Tanzania. I completed my undergraduate degree in Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond in 2017. Prior to enrolling at UCSB, I worked as a field researcher for Dr. Christopher von Rueden in Amazonian Bolivia, a primary investigator for Project Schoolhouse in rural Nicaragua, and a research assistant to Dr. David Lawson in Tanzania.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

UCSB Research Accelerator Grant- I am PI on the grant supporting Summer 2022 PhD data collection for the project. The Cost of Change: The social and reproductive ramifications for men supporting women’s empowerment. $8,000.

European Human Behavior and Evolution Association Conference 2022- Best Speed Talk Award- total 100 Euros.

Broom Graduate Associate


Kilgallen JA, Schaffnit SB, Kumogola Y, Galura A, Urassa M. Lawson DW. (2022). 
"Positive correlation between women’s status and intimate partner violence suggests violence backlash in Mwanza, Tanzania. "
Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Lawson, D., Schaffnit, S., Kilgallen, J., Kumogola, Y., Galura, A., & Urassa, M. 2021. 
"He for she? Variation and exaggeration in men's support for women's empowerment in northern Tanzania. "
Evolutionary Human Sciences, 3, E27. doi:10.1017/ehs.2021.23