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Mary Katherine Shenk

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Missouri State University
Colombia

Mary Katherine Shenk

Biography

Ph. D. Anthropology, March 2005 University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Dissertation: The Evolutionary Economics of Marriage and Parental Investment in South India. M. A. Anthropology, June 1996 University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Thesis: The Hairless Niche: A Consideration of the Thermoregulatory Adaptations of the Early Australopithecines Compared to Genus Homo. B. A. Anthropology, Biology minor, June 1994 University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Research Interest

Human Sexuality, genealogies,Origins of Human Cultural Diversity

Publications

  • Shenk, Mary K., Mary C. Towner, Howard C. Kress, and Nurul Alam. 2013. A model comparison approach shows stronger support for economic models of fertility decline. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(20):8045-8050.

  • Shenk, Mary K., Mary C. Towner, Kathrine Starkweather, Curtis J. Atkisson, and Nurul Alam. 2014. The Evolutionary Demography of Sex Ratios in Rural Bangladesh. Applied Evolutionary Anthropology, Advances in the Evolutionary Analysis of Human Behaviour, David Lawson & Mhairi Gibson, Editors. New York: Springer, pp. 141-173.

  • Shenk, Mary K. 2014. Ecology, Marriage, and the Origins of Human Cultural Diversity. Current Anthropology 55(6):772-773.

  • Shenk, Mary K. 2015. "Parental Investment." In The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons.

  • Shenk, Mary K. 2015. "Fertility and Fecundity." In The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons.

  • Ellsworth, Ryan M., Mary K. Shenk, Drew H. Bailey, and Robert S. Walker. 2015. Comparative study of reproductive skew and pair‐bond stability using genealogies from 80 small‐scale human societies. American Journal of Human Biology. [DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22785]

  • Shenk, Mary K., Mary C. Towner, Emily A. Voss, and Nurul Alam. Forthcoming 2016. Consanguineous Marriage, Kinship Ecology, and Market Transition. Current Anthropology.

  • Sear, Rebecca, David W. Lawson, Hillard Kaplan and Mary K. Shenk. Forthcoming 2016. Understanding Variation in Human Fertility: What Can We Learn From Evolutionary Demography. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0144

  • Snopkowski, Kristin, Mary C. Towner, Mary K. Shenk, and Heidi Colleran. Forthcoming 2016. Pathways from Education to Fertility Decline: A multi-site comparative study. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371:20150156. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0156

  • Shenk, Mary K, Hillard Kaplan, and Paul Hooper. 2016. Status competition, inequality, and fertility: Implications for the demographic transition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371:20150150. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.01502

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