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William Hurlbut

William B. Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University Medical Center. His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. In addition to teaching at Stanford, he has worked with NASA on projects in astrobiology and as a member of the Chemical and Biological Warfare working group at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. From 2002-2009 Dr. Hurlbut served on the President's Council on Bioethics. He is the author of Altered Nuclear Transfer, a proposed technological solution to the moral controversy over embryonic stem cell research. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Adolescence and serves as a Trustee for the Templeton World Charities Foundation.


William Durham

William (Bill) Durham is Bing Professor in Human Biology, Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, where he has taught in Human Biology and Anthropology since 1977. Today, Bill's main interests are environmental anthropology, the challenges of sustainable development in the tropics, and the evolution of our “species typical” or uniquely human attributes. Bill’s publications include the books  Coevolution: Genes, Culture, and Human Diversity and  Inbreeding, Incest and the Incest Taboo,  and he served as Editor in Chief for 16 volumes of the Annual Review of Anthropology (1992-2008). A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, Bill has also received five awards for teaching and faculty leadership at Stanford. He has led over 25 Stanford Alumni Association trips to Galapagos, the Amazon, East Africa, and elsewhere.


Ronjon Nag

Ronjon Nag is a Stanford Interdisciplinary Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow. He has deployed artificial intelligence systems for mobile devices over three decades, working on AI at Cambridge, where he received a PhD in Engineering; at Stanford, where he was a Harkness Fellow in the Department of Psychology; and at MIT, where he received an MS. He received the IET Mountbatten Medal at the Royal Institution for his contributions to the modern mobile phone industry. Companies he has co-founded or advised have been sold to Motorola, BlackBerry, where he held Vice-President positions, and Apple. He is currently an advisor to numerous high tech companies and a Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI).


 Steven Crane

Steven Crane graduated from Stanford University in 2012, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in the Psychology and Philosophy of Successful Aging, and he completed his MS in Community Health and Prevention Research from the Stanford School of Medicine in 2019. His key interests include what basic psychological and philosophical orientations towards the self and life experiences make for a healthy, happy, thriving existence, and what methods or personal practices can shift those orientations for the better. Steven served as a Course Associate for the Human Biology Program (covering culture, evolution, psychology, development, and health and environmental policy) and spent a year as a medical English instructor at Ehime University in Japan. In addition to 5 years with the Boundaries project, he has collaborated with William Hurlbut on a number of projects connected to strategic planning for the Templeton World Charities Foundation and research on oxytocin and moral elevation.




Former Project Staff

Autumn Albers

Autumn Albers graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Japanese. Her undergraduate studies focused primarily on infectious disease and global health, including a year-long research project on condom use in rural Papua New Guinea. Following graduation, she worked with the Human Biology program to help teach and coordinate curriculum in the biological sciences. She also served one year as an English instructor at a Japanese medical school. Autumn's primary interests include cross-cultural differences in perceptions of health, as well as understanding how human culture and behavior relate to health-related decision processes.