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Keith Hunley

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Photo: Keith Hunley

Evolutionary Anthropology

At UNM since 
Curriculum vitae

Recent Courses:

  • Evolution and Human Emergence (ANTH 150)
  • Topics in Biological Anthropology: Are Races Real? (ANTH 450/550)
  • Topics in Biological Anthropology: Modern Human Origins and Prehistory (ANTH 450/550)
  • Topics in Biological Anthropology: Computer Aided Inferences in Natural Science (ANTH 450/550)
  • Anthropological Genetics (ANTH 455/555)
  • Population Genetics (ANTH 491/591)


Purdue University, Biology, BS 1980

University of Michigan, Anthropology, MA 1996, PhD 2002
Dissertation: “The Anthropological Utility of Genetic Data in Small-Scale Populations: Migration Rates and Patterns among the Yanomamö”


Human evolution, gene-language-coevolution, population genetics, human genetics.

Recent Publications:

  • Healy, M, Hill D, Berwick M, Edgar H, Gross J, Hunley K*. “Social-Group Identity and Population Substructure in Admixed Populations in New Mexico and Latin America.” PLOS ONE 12 (10): e0185503. 2017. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0185503.
  • Rodriguez VM, Robers E, Zielakowski K, Hunley K, Kaphingst K, Guest D, Sussman A, White KM, Schwartz MR, Talamantes Y, Grebb J, Bigney J, Berwick M, & Hay JL. Translation and adaptation of skin cancer genomic risk education materials for implementation in primary care. J Community Genet. 8(1): 53–63. 2017. doi:  10.1007/s12687-016-0287-z
  • Hunley, K. L., Cabana, G. S. Beyond serial founder effects: the impact of admixture and localized gene flow on patterns of regional genetic diversity. Human Biology. 88(3): 2017
  • Hunley, K., Gwin, K. & Liberman, B. A Reassessment of the Impact of European Contact on the Structure of Native American Genetic Diversity. PLoS One 11(8), e0161018. 2016.
  • Hunley, K. L., Cabana, G. S. & Long, J. C. The apportionment of human diversity revisited. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 160, 561–569. 2016. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22899
  • Hunley K. Reassessment of global gene–language coevolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112(7): 1919–1920. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1425000112. 2015
  • Young BN, Rendón A, Rosas-Taraco A, Baker J, Healy M, Gross J, Long J, Burgos M, Hunley K*. The Effects of Socioeconomic Status, Clinical Factors, and Genetic Ancestry on Pulmonary Tuberculosis Disease in Northeastern Mexico. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94303. 2014. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094303

*corresponding author