Kathleen Marie Heath
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. University of Utah
Office: Holmstedt Hall 023F
Educational Excellence Teaching Award, Arts & Sciences, 2000
Course Instruction: Multiple Lifeways, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Emergence of Complex Societies, Human Ecology, Aspects of Culture (Peoples of Africa & the Middle East, Sex & Gender), The History of Anthropological Thought, The Human Discovery
Research Interests: Evolutionary Ecology, Life History, Kin Selection Behavior & Health, Mating & Parenting Strategies
Research Profile: As a Bio-cultural Anthropologist, I am primarily interested in life history strategies and multi-generational interactions. To this end, I am continually expanding my two large databases. First, I have a historical demographic database with data ranging from 950 BCE to the present from groups around the world. Second, I have a database representing life histories and oral histories from three-generations of contemporary peoples from different ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic lifeways. The database exceeds 40,000 individuals. These data are used to address (a) the role of the family in life history events, (b) mating & parenting strategies, (c) fertility, mortality, & migration patterns, (d) risk-prone vs. risk averse behaviors, (e) health & lifestyle behaviors, (f) culture variation and culture change., and (g) the role of the environment in shaping life history. As an Archaeologist, my specialty is Paleo-ethnobotany, I have a comparative seed collection of greater than 400 species representative primarily but not exclusively of the American West. My principle archaeological research interests emphasize subsistence strategies and site formation processes and migration.
2009 Gant, L. M., K. M. Heath, G. G. Ejikeme. Early motherhood, high mortality, and HIV/AIDS rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Social Work in Public Health 25(1) (in press).
2006 McCullough, J. M., K. M. Heath, and *J. D. Fields. Culling the cousins: kingship, kinship, and competition in Mid-Millennial England. J. History of the Family 11:59-66.
2005 Heath, K. M., and L. M. Gant. Evolution, culture, and the processes of learning and memory. Cognitive Technology 9(1):10-12.
2005 McCullough, J. M., and K. M. Heath. Apocalypse buffered: The value of kin during crises. Chacmool Conference Proceedings.
2003 Heath, K. M. The effect of kin propinquity on infant mortality. Social Biology 50: 270-280.
1999 Heath, K. M. Micro-botanical and micro-refuse analysis of flotation samples from Weston Canyon Rockshelter. Tibiwa 27(1):60-64.
1998 Heath, K. M., and *C. Hadley. Dichotomous male reproductive strategies in a human polygynous society: mating versus parental effort. Current Anthropology 39(3):369-374.
1990 Metcalfe, D., and K. M. Heath. Micro-refuse and site structure: The hearths and floors of the heartbreak hotel. American Antiquity 55(4):781-796.
1990 Simms, S. R., and K. M. Heath. Site structure of the orbit inn: An application of ethnoarchaeology. American Antiquity 55(4):797-812.
* Undergraduate student participant in research.
2008 McCullough, J. M., *K. Tumey, K. M. Heath, and J. D. Fields. Princes and Procreation: Social Class and Fertility in Colonial New England. Chacmool Conference, Calgary, Canada.
K. M., and L. M. Gant. Life History
Parameters and the Proliferation of HIV/AIDS.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),
2006 Heath, K. M., *J. D. Fields, J. M. McCullough, and *M. E. Lowe. Nobles, Bastards, and Wealth: Reproductive Inequalities in Monogamous Marriages. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2005 Heath, K. M., *J. D. Fields, *M. E. Lowe, and J. M. McCullough. The People in the Puzzle: Historical Demography as a Tool of Historical Archaeology. Chacmool Conference, Calgary, Canada.
2005 Gant, L. M., and K. M. Heath. Low Operational Sex-ratios, Risky Sexual Behavior, and the Spread of HIV/AIDS among African American Women. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Austin, Texas.
2004 Heath, K. M., and L. M. Gant. Risky Sexual Behavior as an Adaptive Response to HIV/AIDS. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany.
2003 *Schlomer, G., V. Sheets, and K. Heath. Parental Manipulation of Romantic Partner Choice in the U. S. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Lincoln, NE.
K. M., D. Herrmann, and D. Raybeck.
Cross-Cultural Variation in Memory and Metamemory between American and Malaysian
Populations. Society for
2002 McCullough, J. M., and K. M. Heath. Kin in Crisis: Relative Worth in Hard Times. Chacmool Conference, Calgary, Canada.
2002 Heath, K. M., J. M. McCullough, and *J. D. Fields. Daughters, Sisters, Wives, and the Making of Male Alliances. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Rutgers, NJ.
Intigrinova, T., and K. M. Heath.
Traditions and Future: Land Care in Buryat Culture.
The Mongolian Society Fortieth Anniversary Meeting,
2001 McCullough, J. M., K. M. Heath, and *J. D. Fields. Culling the Cousins: Kingship, Kinship, and Competition in Mid-Millennial England. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, London, UK.
2001 Heath, K. M., and V. Sheets. The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker but not the Pauper: Who Gains From Hypergynous Marriages? Human Behavior and Evolution Society, London, UK.
K. M. It’s The Little Things that
Count: Flotation Analysis from Polar
Cave Site. Symposium #5.
27th Great Basin Anthropological Conference,
2000 Heath, K. M., and T. Intigrinova. Revisting Pastoralists as Conservationists: Why Do Pastoralists Seasonally Move? Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Amherst College, MA.
1999 Heath, K. M. The Reproductive Payoffs of Kin Propinquity in a 19th Century American Frontier Population. Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Salt Lake City, UT.
* Undergraduate student participant in research.