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)


BA, Purdue University (1980)

MA, University of Michigan, Anthropology (1996)

PhD, University of Michigan (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:

White K, Y Dailey, D Guest, K Zielaskowski, E Robers, A Sussman, K Hunley, C Hughes, M Schwartz, K Kaphingst, D Buller, J Hay, Marianne Berwick. MC1R Variation in a New Mexico Population Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. In press

Healy H, Edgar H, Mosley Carmen, Hunley K*. Associations between ethnic identity, regional history, and genomic ancestry in New Mexicans of Spanish-speaking descent. Biodemography and Social Biology. 64(2): 152-170. 2018

Hunley K, Edgar H, Healy M, Mosley C, Cabana G, West F. Social identity in New Mexicans of Spanish-speaking descent highlights limitations of using standardized ethnic terminology in research. Human Biology. 89(3):217-228. 2017

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

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. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 160, 561–569. 2016

Hunley K. Reassessment of global gene–language coevolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112(7): 1919–1920. 2015