Born in New Zealand and educated at the University of Auckland and University of California, Berkeley under Glynn Isaac and Desmond Clark, Dr. Harris is a former Research Fellow at the National Museums of Kenya (1976-1980). He is a Professor in the Anthropology Department, Rutgers University. He has done fieldwork on early hominid and archaeological sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire and Mozambique. His research interests include changing patterns of early hominid behavior between 2.5 and 1.5 million years ago. He has 100 publications and his published research includes land-use and ranging patterns of early hominids, and descriptions of the world's earliest stone tools from Ethiopia.