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Katharine Jack

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Katharine Jack, PhD

Specialty Areas:

Biological anthropology, primatology, sexual conflict

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Sexual Violence

Angles of Approach

#Societal Structural


Dr. Katharine Jack is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Environmental Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts. Her research examines behavioral manifestations of sexual conflict in nonhuman primates with a focus on male reproductive strategies in wild white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Her current research involves a longitudinal examination of the interplay between hormones, behavior, and male dominance trajectories and how these factors impact male reproductive success in this, and other primate, species. Her most recent publications examined infanticide as a male reproductive strategy and the evolution of female counterstrategies to this widespread phenomenon.


Publications: Google Scholar

Selected publications:


Courses with violence related topics


Dr. Jack’s Department of Anthropology profile page