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Kimber McKay

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Kimber McKay

  • Anthropologist.
  • Ethnologist.
  • Global researcher.
Kimber McKay

Kimber Haddix McKay is a cultural anthropologist who has studied marriage and family systems in Nepal, East Africa and Central America for 20 years. Kimber works with graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Montana to integrate anthropological research into the international development field. In her research in the Nepalese Himalaya she has worked with ethnic Tibetans since 1994, intermittently living with these yak herding, subsistence farming, polyandrous people before, during and since Nepal's Maoist insurrection. McKay has also worked together with non government organizations including the ISIS Foundation to find ways that research on knowledge, attitudes and practice can improve community development projects on the ground, and make those projects sensitive to local social conventions, hierarchies and traditions.

McKay received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, and her master's and doctoral degrees in the same field from the University of California, Davis. She was a postdoctoral fellow in demography at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the faculty at the University of Montana, where she is a professor of anthropology.

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