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Mary Shenk

Dept. of Anthropology | University of Missouri
Presentation: "Genes, Wealth, and Politics: Biology and Culture in the Evolution of Consanguineous Marriage"

I am a cultural anthropologist whose research combines evolutionary, economic, and demographic approaches to human behavior. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the effects of marriage, family, inheritance, and kinship practices on parental investment and fertility. I have conducted field research on the economics of marriage and parental investment in urban South India, and am currently working on an NSF-funded project comparing multiple causes of rapid fertility decline in rural Bangladesh.