Mary Shenk - cultural anthropology


Journal Articles

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.

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.

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.

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

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, 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.

Mary K. Shenk, 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., Kathrine E. Starkweather, Howard C. Kress, and Nurul Alam. 2013. Does absence matter? A comparison of three types of father absence in rural Bangladesh. Human Nature 24(1):76-110.

Shenk, Mary K. and Brooke A. Scelza. 2012. Paternal Investment and Status-Related Child Outcomes: Timing of Father’s Death Affects Offspring Success. Journal of Biosocial Science 44(5):549-569.

Shenk, Mary K. and Siobhán M. Mattison. 2011. The Rebirth of Kinship: Evolutionary and Quantitative Approaches in the Revitalization of a Dying Field. Human Nature 22: 1-15.

Shenk, Mary K., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, J. Beise, G. Clark, W. Irons, D. Leonetti, B.S. Low, S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, and P. Piraino. 2010. Intergenerational Wealth Transmission among Agriculturalists: Foundations of Agrarian Inequality. Current Anthropology 51(1):65-83 (special section on Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies).

Smith, E.A., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, S. Bowles, M. Gurven, T. Hertz, and Mary K. Shenk. 2010. Production Systems, Inheritance and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies: Conclusions. Current Anthropology 51(1):85-94 (special section on Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies).

Smith, E.A., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, M. Borgerhoff Mulder, Mary K. Shenk, and M. Gurven. 2010. Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies: Reply. Current Anthropology 51(1):119-126 (special section on Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies).

Borgerhoff Mulder, M., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, J. Beise, G. Clark, I. Fazzio, M. Gurven, K. Hill, P.L. Hooper, W. Irons, H. Kaplan, D. Leonetti, B.S. Low, F. Marlowe, S. Naidu, D. Nolin, P. Piraino, R. Quinlan, R. Sear, Mary K. Shenk, E.A. Smith, and P. Wiessner. 2009. Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth and Dynamics of Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies. Science 326:682-688.

Shenk, Mary K. 2009. Testing Three Evolutionary Models of the Demographic Transition: Patterns of Fertility and Age at Marriage in Urban South India. American Journal of Human Biology 21:501-511.

Shenk, Mary K. 2007. Dowry and Public Policy in Contemporary India: The Behavioral Ecology of a Social 'Evil.' Human Nature 18(2):242-263.

Shenk, Mary K. 2005. Kin Networks in Wage-Labor Economies: Effects on Child and Marriage Market Outcomes. Human Nature 16:81-114.

Shenk, Mary K. 2004. Embodied Capital and Heritable Wealth in Complex Cultures: A Class-Based Analysis of Parental Investment in Urban South India. Research in Economic Anthropology 23:307-333 (special issue on Socioeconomic Aspects of Human Behavioral Ecology).

Book Chapters

Shenk, Mary K. 2011. Evolutionary Approaches to Parental Decisions: How Much to Invest in Your Offspring. In Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature, Ulrich Frey (Editor). Berlin: Springer.

Working Papers

Shenk, Mary K. 2005. How Much Gold Will You Put on Your Daughter? A Behavioral Ecology Perspective on Dowry Marriage. University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) Working Paper Series, Publication 2005-07.

Book Reviews

Shenk, Mary K. 2009. Rewriting the Book on Human Female Sexuality: New Thinking on Old Questions. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 7(2009)2, 185-189.

News Articles

Mattison, Siobhán M., Mary K. Shenk, and Raymond Hames. 2012. Evolutionary Approaches to Kinship and Family. In press, Anthropology News.

Shenk, Mary K. 2006. To Split or Not to Split? Departmental Models for the Future of Anthropology. Anthropology News January 2006.