Dr. Kathryn King is a biological anthropologist with a variety of research interests, all of which involve studying the influence of cultural behaviors on human biology in both the past and the present.
Her previous research examines biological adaptations to climate, childbirth, and workload as seen in the skeletal remains of past and modern populations. She has collected metric and nonmetric skeletal data from thousands of individuals across North America.
She is currently expanding her research to include the effects of cultural practices on the anatomy and physiology of living populations. These projects include assessing the possible influence of hormonal contraceptive use on female reproductive life history in post menopausal women and using body composition analysis to create a more nuanced and individualized alternative to the body mass index calculation. Dr. King also conducts research on effective pedagogy in university level science courses.
Dr. King teaches courses in biological/physical anthropology, such as Physical Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology, and courses that examine broad topics from several subfields of anthropology, like the Anthropology of Death and Race and Human Variation. Dr. King was the 2017 recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at UA Little Rock. See is an associate faculty member of the Anderson Institute for Race and Ethnicity.
Dr. King received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 2007.
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