Mary Shenk

Mary Shenk

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Demography, and Asian Studies
Mary SHenk


Ph.D. University of Washington, 2005


Mary Shenk is a cultural anthropologist, human behavioral ecologist, and demographer with interests in marriage, family, kinship, fertility, mortality, and inequality. She has conducted field research on the economics of marriage and parental investment in urban South India, the causes of rapid fertility decline in rural Bangladesh, and the effects of market integration on wealth, social networks, and health in Bangladesh and China. Her new project focuses on the effects of religious identity and participation on fertility and parenting outcomes in India and Bangladesh. Her work has been funded by NSF, NIH, and the Templeton Foundation.