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Hector Qirko

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Address: 88 Wentworth Street, Room 105
Phone: 843.953.8185
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Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Tennessee
Dissertation: "Induced Altruism in the Maintenance of Institutionalized Celibacy"

M.A., Anthropology, University of Tennessee

B.A. with highest honors, Anthropology, University of Tennessee

Research Interests

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Organizational Ethnography
  • Organizational and Institutional Cultures
  • Evolutionary Psychology and Cultural Patterning
  • Popular Culture

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 101: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 201: Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 210: Development of Anthropological Thought
  • ANTH 345: Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 362: Social and Cultural Change
  • ANTH 491: Research Methods
  • FYSM 103: Identity and Popular Culture


2016 Qirko, H.N. "An Evolutionary Argument for Unconscious Personal Death Unawareness.” Mortality (online pre-print).

2014 Qirko, H.N. "Organizational Structures and Practices are a Better Predictor of Suicide Terror Threats than Individual Psychological Dispositions.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37:374-375.

2014 Qirko, H.N. “Current Trends in Cultural Particularism: The Problem Does Seem to Lie with Anthropology.” Topics in Cognitive Science 6:155-156.

2014 Qirko, H.N. "Consumer Authentication of Popular Music in the Global Postmodern.” Popular Music and Society 37(3):291-312.

2013 Qirko, H.N. “Race and Rhythm in Rock and Roll.”  In The Art of Anthropology/The Anthropology of Art (Southern Anthropological Society Proceedings, Volume 43), B. D. Lundy (Ed.). Newfound Press, pp. 239-257.

2013 Qirko, H.N. “Induced Altruism in Religious, Military, and Terrorist Organizations.”  Cross-Cultural Research 47(2): 131-161.

2012 Qirko, H.N. “Applied Anthropology and Business Diversity Management.” International Journal of Business Anthropology 3(2):97-121.

2011 Qirko, H.N. “Fictive Kinship and Induced Altruism.” In The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Family Psychology, C. Salmon and T. Shackelford (Eds.). Oxford University Press, pp. 310-328.

2009 Qirko, H.N. “Altruism in Suicide Terror Organizations.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 44(2):289-322.

2007 Qirko, H.N. “Diversity and Cultural Assessments in Business Organizations.” International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations 7(3):151-158.

2004 Qirko, H.N. “Does Commitment Theory Explain Non-Kin Altruism in Religious Contexts?” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27(6):746-747.

2004 Qirko, H.N. “Altruistic Celibacy, Kin-Cue Manipulation, and the Development of Religious Institutions.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 39(3):681-706.

2004 Qirko, H.N. “‘Fictive Kin’ and Suicide Terrorism.” Science 304(5667):50-51.

2004 Qirko, H.N. “The Interstitial, Musical Authenticity, and Social Identity.” Indiana (Berlin) 21:14-24.

2002 Qirko, H.N. “The Institutional Maintenance of Celibacy.” Current Anthropology 43(2):321-328.