My work concerns the integrated study of hazing, newcomers, and enduring coalitions. I am interested in evolutionary and cultural explanations for newcomer-directed behaviors.

Hazing and Initiations

Cimino, A. (2017). Cross-cultural and cross-organizational evidence for evolved hazing motivation. Manuscript in preparation.

Cimino, A. (in press). Defining hazing: Why popular definitions are misleading and counterproductive. Journal of Higher Education Management.

Cimino, A. (in press). Fraternity hazing and the process of planned failure. Journal of American Studies.

Cimino, A. (2013). Predictors of hazing motivation in a representative sample of the United States. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34, 446-452.

Cimino, A. (2013). Hazing as a manifestation of evolved psychology (Doctoral dissertation). University of California, Santa Barbara.

Cimino, A. (2011). The evolution of hazing: Motivational mechanisms and the abuse of newcomers. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 11, 241-267.

Enduring Coalitions

Cimino, A. & Delton, A. W. (2010). On the perception of newcomers: Toward an evolved psychology of intergenerational coalitions. Human Nature, 21, 186-202.

Delton, A. W. & Cimino, A. (2010). Exploring the evolved concept of NEWCOMER: Experimental tests of a cognitive model. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 317-335.

Delton, A. W., Nemirow, J., Robertson, T. E., Cimino, A., & Cosmides, L. (2013). Merely opting out of a public good is moralized: An error management approach to cooperation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 621-638.

News and Media

NPR KCLU "UCSB Researcher Tries to Unravel Mysteries Behind Hazing"

NPR Radio Boston, "Is Hazing A Normal Part of College Life?"

University of California, "UCSB Anthropologist Examines the Motivating Factors Behind Hazing"