Karen Leslie Kramer

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Karen Leslie Kramer portrait
  • Professor, Anthropology Department


Research Summary

My research interests span behavioral ecology, demography, comparative life history and reproductive ecology, the evolution of juvenility, cooperative breeding, intergenerational transfers and the interaction between economic and demographic transitions. Each of my three field sites in small scale horticultural and hunter-gatherer societies include student involvement and opportunities for graduate students to pursue their own research projects.

Research Keywords

  • life history, cooperation, cooperative breeding, evolution of childhood, behavioral ecology, hunter-gatherers, Interest Level: 3

Research Groups

  • The Effects of Social Networks on Inequality , Other. Santa Fe Institute. 08/2016 - present.
  • Polygyny Paradox Project , Other. 01/2014 - present.
  • Dynamics of Wealth Inequality , Other. Santa Fe Institute. 02/01/2012 - present.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Currently funded research: Emerging Differences in Children’s Economic Roles and Parental Investment though the Fertility Transition of Maya Farmers. PI: Kramer. National Science Foundation, 08/01/2010 - present. Total project budget to date: $270,898.00
  • Risk Sensitive Decision Making among Maya Farmers: Subsistence diversification in Response to Novel Environments. PI: KL Kramer. Co-PI(s): R Schacht. National Science Foundation,, 07/01/2016 - 07/01/2019. Total project budget to date: $324,431.00
  • Spatial Reasoning among Maya Children: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Study. PI: KL Kramer. University of Utah Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program , 08/01/2015 - 07/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00