Jeremy Freese Award Statement
Jeremy Freese’s dissertation engages the advances made in modern evolutionary biology and explores their implications for modern sociology. In “What Should Sociology Do About Darwin: Evaluating Some Potential Contributions of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology to Sociology” Freese answers that query with degrees of insight and learning that are exemplary. He explores the work of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, in particular, concentrating most of his attention on the results and theories of the latter field. He examines a number of intriguing results in this field, doing both several original empirical studies of major claims as well as rigorous theoretical analysis of the reasoning and logic behind them. Freese’s work propels sociologists to bridge the gap that now separates our field from the work of modern evolutionary biology.