Katherine Dettwyler

Katherine Dettwyler

Professor in the Anthropology department at University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Bryan, TX College Station, TX


1985 - Ph.D. in Anthropology also from IU Bloomington
1981 - MA from Indiana University Bloomington
1973 – 1977 - BS in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis

Professional career

1985-1987 - Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

1987-2000 - Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in the Anthropology department

Through the 1990s she served as a nutritional anthropologist/consultant to a number of organizations providing nutrition education in Mali, while performing field research there. She taught part-time as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Delaware, and continued to write and speak at conferences and universities.



  • Reflections on Anthropology: A Four-Field Reader (2003) ISBN 0-07-248598-1 – co-editor with Vaughn M. Bryant
  • Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives (1995) ISBN 0-202-01192-5 - co-editor with Patricia Stuart-Macadam
  • Breastfeeding: A Mother's Gift (1999) – co-editor with Patricia Stuart-Macadam
  • Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa (1994) ISBN 978-0-88133-748-8. 1995 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Academic journal articles

  • Dettwyler, K. A. (2004). "When to wean: Biological versus cultural perspectives". Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. 47 (3): 712–723. PMID 15326433 doi:10.1097/01.grf.0000137217.97573.01.
  • Dettwyler, K. A. (1991). "Can paleopathology provide evidence for "compassion"?". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 84 (4): 375–384. PMID 1828940 doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330840402.
  • Dettwyler, K. A. (1989). "Styles of Infant Feeding: Parental/Caretaker Control of Food Consumption in Young Children". American Anthropologist. 91 (3): 696–703. JSTOR 680874 doi:10.1525/aa.1989.91.3.02a00100.
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