I’m Josh, anthropologist and essayist.

I ask questions about how human beings get on in the world.

Where do we get our tastes, beliefs, and survival strategies?

How do we create new niches?

How do we give our lives meaning?

Consulting inquiries: Current priorities include food, sleep, debt, migration, and, more broadly, the environmental determinants of life chances. But the best briefs are those I never saw coming. Surprise me.

Writing and speaking inquiries: I am represented by Suresh Ariaratnam.


Since 2013 I’ve been visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

From 2014 through 2016 I led the computational social science strand of the Wellcome-funded research initiative Hubbub.

Computable Bodies won the 2016 PROSE Award in Language and Linguistics.

My next book, Meat, will appear in 2018.

I experiment with audio-driven procedural video and recorded ambient sound.

I spend a lot of time living out of a knapsack.