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Kathryn Demps

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Kathryn E. Demps
Associate Professor
Phone: (208) 426-4690
Office: Hemingway Building, Room 115
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Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Davis
M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Davis
B.Sc., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Demps received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis where she specialized in the study of the evolution of human behavior, focusing on human behavioral ecology. Her work on the transmission of local ecological knowledge among a honey-collecting tribe in South India describes the cultural learning process from childhood to old age. Dr. Demps currently studies human behavior from multiple types of explanations including the drivers of recreation on public lands and relationships with wildlife, the endocrinology of social relationships, and the origins of market exchange.


Cultural evolution, behavioral and evolutionary ecology, small-scale societies (India, Micronesia, Bolivia), transmission of local knowledge


  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Evolution and Human Behavior
  • Kinship and Social Organization
  • Behavior and Evolutionary Biology of the Human Lifecycle
  • Evolution of Human Nature
  • Research Designs in Anthropology
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Adaptation and Human Behavior
  • Quantitative Field Methods