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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kathryn B. H. Clancy
University of Illinois
Department of Anthropology
109 Davenport Hall
Urbana, IL 61801

Academic Positions

2012-   Affiliate, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois
2009-   Affiliate, Department of Animal Biology, University of Illinois
2008-   Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois
2007    Preceptor Faculty, Expository Writing Program, Harvard University
2007     Associate, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University


2007    Yale University
Doctor of Philosophy, Masters of Philosophy, Department of Anthropology
2001    Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts, Biological Anthropology and Women’s Studies, cum laude


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Clancy KBH, Shapiro A, Bribiescas RG (in revision). Transvaginal ultrasound is not associated with a stress response in healthy non-pregnant participants: preliminary results. PLoS ONE.

Clancy KBH (2013). When a beginning is not a beginning. Anthropology Now 5(2): 19-25.

Clancy KBH, Baerwald A, Pierson R (2013). Systemic Inflammation is Associated with Ovarian Follicular Dynamics during the Human Menstrual Cycle. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64807.

Clancy KBH, Klein LD, Ziomkiewicz A, Nenko I, Jasienska G, Bribiescas RG (2013). Relationships between biomarkers of inflammation, ovarian steroids, and age at menarche in a rural Polish sample. American Journal of Human Biology 25(3): 389-398.

Clancy KBH (2012) Late pregnancy, labor induction and the Occupy Uterus movement. Anthropology Now 4(2):24-31.

Clancy KBH (2009). The role of the endometrium in women’s reproductive ecology and life history. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 52: 137-154.

Clancy KBH, Ellison PT, Jasienska G and RG Bribiescas (2009). Endometrial thickness is not independent of luteal phase day in a rural Polish population. Anthropological Science 117(3): 157-163.

Clancy KBH (2007). Unexpected luteal endometrial decline in a healthy rural Polish population. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 134(1): 133-134.

Clancy KBH, Nenko I and G Jasienska (2006). Menstruation does not cause anemia: endometrial thickness correlates positively with erythrocyte count and hemoglobin in premenopausal women. American Journal of Human Biology 18(5):710-3.


Clancy KBH, Hinde K, Rutherford JN, eds (2012). Building babies: Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives of Primate Developmental Trajectories. Series: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer: New York.

Book chapters and anthology contributions

Clancy KBH (2012). “Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using.” In The Best Science Writing Online 2012. Ed Ouellette J. Series ed Zivkovic B. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux: New York.

Clancy KBH (2012). “Inflammation, reproduction, and the Goldilocks Principle.” In Building babies: Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives of Primate Developmental Trajectories. Eds Clancy KBH, Hinde K, Rutherford JN. Series: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer: New York.

Clancy KBH (2011). “My story of in vitro fertilization, the naturalistic fallacy, and sexism.” In The Open Laboratory 2010: The best of science writing on the web. Ed Goldman JG. Series ed Zivkovic B. Coturnix: Chapel Hill, NC.

Book reviews

Clancy KBH (in press). “Dead Crickets Cannot Sing At All: On Paleofantasies, and Why We Think We Need Them.” Solicited book review of Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk.

Clancy KBH (2011). Solicited book review of Reproduction and Adaptation: Topics in Human Reproductive Ecology edited by C.G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor and Lyliane Rosetta. American Journal of Human Biology 23(6): 826.

Clancy KBH (2011). Solicited book review of Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives by Wenda Trevathan. Journal of Women & Aging 23(3):276-277.


Clancy KBH (2007). Two new models for human endometrial function: results from the United States and rural Poland. Dissertation, Yale University, New Haven, CT.


Context and Variation: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation

Recent notable posts:

Archives: http://professorkateclancy.blogspot.com

Other online writing

The Guardian, with Chris Chambers: “Pseudoscience and stereotyping won’t solve gender inequality in science.”

Jezebel: An activist scientist for women’s health

Wired: The dilemma of women in science blogging


2013    National Science Foundation, $229,643, “Ecological determinants of luteal reproductive function.”
2012    Illinois Campus Research Board, $9,950, “How girls negotiate their environments: the role of resilience pre- and post-menarche.”
2010    Illinois Hewlett International Travel Award, $4,000, “Endometrial functioning in rural Poland.”
2009    Illinois Campus Research Board, $17,000, “Variation in endometrial function in normo-ovulatory and PCOS women.”

Recent Conference Presentations

Clancy KBH (2013) Ethics of field site management and oversight  Am J Phys Anthropol 150(S56):99. (for symposium “Ethics in Biological Anthropology,” organized by Heather Shattuck-Heidorn and M. Elle Saine)

Accompanying blog post: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation/2013/04/13/safe13-field-site-chilly-climate-and-abuse/

Sampling of the coverage on the preliminary results presented:

Clancy KBH, Klein LD (2012) The relationship between strenuous physical activity and C-reactive protein is cycle-phase dependent: results from rural Poland Am J Phys Anthropol 147(S54): 116.

Clancy KBH, Tribble K, Klein L (2011) Pro- and anti-inflammatory food proteins and their impact on maternal ecology Am J Phys Anthropol 144(S52): 109. (for symposium “Eating for two: maternal ecology and nutrition in human and non-human primates,” organized by Kathryn Clancy and Julienne Rutherford)

Emmerling T, Higgins A, Clancy KBH (2011) Variation in adolescent menstrual cycles, doctor-patient relationships, and why we shouldn’t prescribe hormonal contraceptives to twelve year olds Am J Phys Anthropol 144(S52): 133. (for symposium “Evolution and Health over the Life Course,” organized by Grazyna Jasienska and Diana Sherry)

Clancy KBH, Baerwald AR, Pierson R (2010) C-reactive protein across the menstrual cycle: variation in inflammation and its impact on ovarian and endometrial function in a sample of Canadian women Am J Phys Anthropol 141(S50): 81.

Clancy KBH, Baerwald AR, Pierson R (2010) Ovarian, energetic and inflammatory variables are associated with serial endometrial thickness measurements in a sample of Canadian women Am J Hum Biol 22(2): 251.

Klein, LD, Melber T, Clancy KBH (2010) Isolation of C-Reactive Protein from human urine Am J Phys Anthropol 141(S50): 144-145.

Clancy KBH (2009) Delegate to Evolution of Diseases of Modern Environments Conference; Delegate to 300th World Health Summit, Berlin, Germany. Report available online: http://evmedreview.com/?p=169

Clancy KBH (2008) Variation in endometrial function and its role in elucidating reproductive pathology (invited to AAPA symposium). Am J Phys Anthropol 135(S46): 79.

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