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Petra Jelinek

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Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Assistant Teaching Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies


I am a biological anthropologist whose interests broadly revolve around human brain variation and cognitive evolution in human and non-human primates. Related interests include sexual dimorphism, sexual selection theory, brain growth and development, creative pedagogy, and implicit bias in research.

Courses Taught

  • Anth 101: Introduction to Anthropology
  • Anth 102: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Anth 143: Biology of Human Behavior
  • Anth 240: Biological Anthropology
  • Anth 243: Sociality of the Great Apes
  • Anth 246: Forensic Science
  • Anth 399: Evolution of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Anth 499: Neuroanthropology
  • Anth 498: Senior Capstone Seminar