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About Kimmarie A Murphy

Kimmarie Murphy, associate professor of anthropology, joined the faculty at Kenyon in 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh and a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Indiana University. Trained as a biocultural anthropologist, she is interested in understanding contemporary patterns of health and nutrition as a way of interpreting diet and disease in the past. Her research focuses on human osteology with an emphasis on paleopathology and stable isotope analysis.
Murphy has worked in southern Africa, North America and Europe looking at health and diet in past populations. Murphy has also worked with students on the importance of local foods in people’s diets, specifically foods obtained at venues such as local farmers’ markets. Most recently she has begun working in Iceland as a Senior Specialist for the Skagafjordur Church and Settlement Survey (SCASS). SCASS is a multi-year project in Northern Iceland to understand the formation of social stratification and property rights during the Viking Age and after (AD 874-1700). The project is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Icelandic Government.


Present Associate Professor of Anthropology, Kenyon College

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P: (740) 427-5887
Palme House 108


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