In the mid-1990s Bailey and Peacock wanted to move away from basic research because they wanted to make more of a difference in the lives of African peoples and went to Emory University and received Masters in Public Health. They no longer conduct research with forest foragers, but conduct applied research in Africa (HIV/AIDS, maternal health); both hold positions in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
My (Hewlett) career with Congo Basin foragers started before Bailey’s (1973), but it was not as illustrious or conventional. As an undergraduate at California State University at Chico I developed my own major and called it cultural transmission. After completing my BA I traveled overland to the Congo Basin several times in the early 1970s to work on an MA in anthropology at Chico; the first trip was a survey of Congo Basin forager groups while later trips were with the Aka. I selected the Aka because they were relatively unknown by comparison to the Ituri groups and I was unaware at the start of my research that Bahuchet was conducting research nearby. After several trips with the Aka I went to Stanford University in the late 1970s to talk to Luca Cavalli-Sforza, a well-known geneticist who had worked with Aka and other Congo Basin foragers. He introduced me to his cultural transmission theories, which were of interest to me because of my undergraduate work. After completing the MA I worked for a Head Start program (child development program for children in poverty) for five years, but returned to graduate school in the early 1980s to work on a PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara to study Aka father-child relations (1991) under Napoleon Chagnon. Chagnon introduced me to neo-evolutionary theories, but I did not use them in my doctoral research.