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Kermyt G. Anderson

Headshot of Kermyt G. Anderson, Associate Professor in the University of Oklahoma's Department of Anthropology

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 1999

Office: DHT 804-B
Personal Website

Research Interests

  • Behavioral ecology and life history theory
  • Anthropological demography
  • Pregnancy outcomes
  • Contraception
  • Fertility
  • Nonpaternity
  • Parental care/investment
  • Education and schooling outcomes
  • Fatherhood


My research has focused, broadly, on three main areas:

  1. Parental investment in children, and children’s outcomes (including involvement with children by genetic fathers and stepfathers, the impact of paternity confidence on men's involvement with children, low fertility in industrialized societies, and male care among nonhuman primates)
  2. Engagement in health risk behaviors, particularly for pregnancy, birth outcomes, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS (including work on sexuaul risk behaviors among young adults in Cape Town, South Africa)
  3. Health and education inequalities (including educational expectations and attainment in South Africa, gender and race/ethnic disparities in voluntary sterilization in the United States, and race/ethnic disparities in pregnancy complications and outcomes in the United States)

Recent/Significant Publications

Anderson, Kermyt G. 2018. High prevalence of voluntary sterilization among American women explained by trade-offs resulting from male parental commitment. Journal of Biosocial Science 50(4):505-526. doi:10.1017/S0021932017000414  
Anderson, Kermyt G. 2017. Establishment of legal paternity for children of unmarried American women: Tradeoffs in male commitment to paternal investment. Human Nature 28(2):168-200.  
Anderson, Kermyt G. 2015. Father absence, childhood stress, and reproductive maturation in South Africa. Human Nature 26(4): 401-425.  
Gray, Peter, and Kermyt G. Anderson. 2010. Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA.
Anderson, Kermyt G., Ann M. Beutel, and Brendan Maughan-Brown. 2007. HIV risk perceptions and first sexual intercourse among youth in Cape Town, South Africa. International Family Planning Perspectives 33(3):98-105.
Anderson, Kermyt G. 2006. How well does paternity confidence match actual paternity? Results from worldwide nonpaternity rates. Current Anthropology 48(3):511-518.
Anderson, Kermyt G., Hillard Kaplan, and Jane B. Lancaster. 2006. Demographic correlates of paternity confidence and pregnancy outcomes among Albuquerque men. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 131(4):560-571.
Hofferth, Sandra, and Kermyt G. Anderson. 2003. Are all dads equal? Biology vs. marriage as a basis for paternal investment. Journal of Marriage and Family 65(1):213-232.
Anderson, Kermyt G., Anne Case, and David Lam. 2001. Causes and consequences of schooling outcomes in South Africa: Evidence from survey data. Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies 27(1):37-59.
Anderson, Kermyt G., Hillard Kaplan, and Jane B. Lancaster. 1999. Paternal care by genetic fathers and stepfathers I: Reports from Albuquerque men. Evolution and Human Behavior 20(6):405-431.

Classes Taught

  • Anth 1113 What Makes Us Human? Exploring Cultural and Biological Diversity
  • Anth 1823 Religion in Everyday Life
  • Anth 2203 Peoples of the World
  • Anth 2503 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Anth 3873 Primate Evolution and Behavior
  • Anth 4113 Anthropology Capstone
  • Anth 4593 Anthropology of Human Reproduction
  • Anth 4713 Statistical Concepts in Anthropology
  • Anth 5001 Professionalization in Anthropology
  • Anth 5273 Anthropological Demography
  • Anth 6633 Method and Theory in Biological Anthropology