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Kathryn E. Demps
Assistant 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 evolutionary 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.  Social learning patterns can simultaneously affect the body of knowledge in a population and individual behavior based on the skills and knowledge people acquire.  Dr. Demps currently studies how knowledge and behavior interact with local ecologies by examining the conflict of interested between formal schooling and knowledge about the forest, economic pressures and marketing behavior, and group formation and cooperation.


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