Mary Shenk - cultural anthropology

Mary Shenk

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.


Mary Shenk
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Director, Life Sciences & Society Program
University of Missouri
230 Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Telephone: (573) 882-0562 or (573) 884-6883
Fax: 573-884-5450
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Photo credit: All photographs used on this site were taken by Mary Shenk, Roslyn Fraser, or Dawn Neill and are used with permission.