College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Dr. Courtney L. Meehan

Ph.D., Washington State University
Associate Professor
Evolutionary and Cultural Anthropology


Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology, hunter-gatherers, sub-Saharan Africa, infant and child development, parenting strategies, cooperative childrearing and child health.

Mother and infant in the forestCourtney Meehan is biocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the behavioral strategies of caregivers, child health, development and behavior.  The broad aim of this research is to examine the significance of multiple caregiving on parental strategies, human pairbonding, family organization, and child development throughout our evolutionary history.  She has conducted field research in the Central African Republic among the Aka tropical forest foragers and the Ngandu farmers since 1999.  Her research is cross-cultural and has a strong quantitative and qualitative approach.  Currently, she is examining the emotional health and development of children through data on Aka and Ngandu infant/maternal attachment.

Dr. Courtney L. Meehan


College Hall 342


Current Research and Publications

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