Kimber, Haddix McKay
Office Location: Social Sciences 213
Office Telephone: (406) 243-4106
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Montana
Kimber Haddix McKay is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in demography and human behavioral ecology. Her research focuses on the interplay between marriage systems and fertility, and on demographic patterns in African and South Asian societies. She is also interested in the ways in which anthropology can be useful in fields outside of academia, and has worked both full time and as a consulting anthropologist designing studies of health conditions and evolving attitudes toward health and treatment of illness in remote areas of Nepal and Uganda. She has assisted in the design of locally appropriate development schemes aimed at improving health conditions, particularly in the use of sustainable energy technologies (solar photo voltaic, pico- and micro-hydroelectric systems) and in public health-related interventions such as latrine design, improved/smokeless cookstoves, lighting schemes, community based health training, and drama programs with specific health-related messages.
University of California at Berkeley
Post-doctoral Fellow in Demographic Anthropology 1998-2000
University of California at Davis
Ph.D. Anthropology 1998
M.A. Anthropology 1994
Mount Holyoke College
B.A. Anthropology and Philosophy of Science 1990
Field of Study
Demographic anthropology, applied medical anthropology, international development, human evolutionary ecology.
Human Behavioral Ecology (U)
Peoples of Africa (U)
Social Change (UG)
Population and Culture (U)
Social Anthropology (UG)
Seminar in Ethnology (G)
Applied Anthropology and International Health (G)
Anthropological and Clinical Perspectives on Global Health (UG)
Quantitative Ethnographic Field Methods (UG)
2005 Zahnd, A. and Haddix McKay, K. Renewable energy resources for improved, sustainable livelihood: A case study of a holistic community development project with a remote and poor mountain village in the Nepal Himalayas, Invited refereed paper, Proceedings, 6th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Production and Consumption,
2005 Zahnd, A. and Haddix McKay, K. A simple, optimized PV system for a remote Himalayan village, Invited refereed paper, Proceedings of the 43rd annual conference of the Australian and
2006 Zahnd, A., Haddix McKay, K., and Komp, R. Renewable energy village power systems for remote and impoverished Himalayan villages in Nepal, Proceedings of the International Conference on Renewable Energy for Developing Countries, Washington D.C. April 6-7 2006.
2006 Fissel, A. and Haddix McKay, K. Action! Why people engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS should take note of traditional healer organizations in
2007 Zahnd, A. and Haddix McKay, K. Invited keynote paper, Problems encountered with solar PV systems in Himalayan villages and possible remedies, published in the Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy, 45th Annual ANZSES Conference, Solar 07, Alice Springs, Australia, October 2007.
2007 Haddix McKay, K., Zahnd, A., Sanders, C. and Nepali, G. Responses to innovation in an insecure environment in rural Nepal, Mountain Research and Development, 27(4): 302–307.
2007 Zahnd, A. and McKay, K.H. Quatre piliers pour un développement holistique, Traces 24(12): 7-9.
2007 Zahnd, A. and McKay, K.H. Eclairage sur mesure au Népal, Traces 24(12): 11-13.
2007 Pickering A. and Haddix McKay, K. Old and new barriers to family planning in Humla, Nepal: How the urban/rural divide has widened, Contributions to Nepalese Studies, 34(1): 229-245.
2008 Zahnd, A. and McKay, K.H. A mountain to climb? How pico-hydro helps rural development in the Himalayas, Renewable Energy World, 11(2): 118-123. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/reworld/story?id=52026
2008 Haddix McKay, K. and Zahnd, A. The theoretical basis of holistic community development and the role of renewable energy technologies in improving health conditions in rural Nepal, forthcoming in the Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Regional International Solar Energy Society Conference 2008, Asia Pacific Regional International Solar Energy Society Conference, Sydney, Australia, November 2008.
2009 Zahnd, A. and McKay, K.H. Benefits from a renewable energy village electrification system, Renewable Energy, 34:362-368.
2010 McKay, K.H. Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Cluster vs. Single Home Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems in Rural Nepal, Sustainability, 2010(2): 494-504. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/2/2/494/pdf
2012 Sanders, C. and McKay K.H. Love is Cheap: Democratic Rise of Love Marriage among Hindu Maoists in Nepal. Anthropology News, http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2012/04/02/love-is-cheap/.
2012 Sanders, C. and McKay K.H. The Search for “Strong Medicine”: Pathways to healthcare development in remote Nepal using GIS, Technology and Innovation, in press.
Under review.Sanders, C. and McKay K.H. Revolutionary Ideas: An Exploration of the Role of Kinship in Decision Making in Post-Conflict Nepal, Human Organization.
Under review. Sanders, C. and McKay K.H. A People’s War? Joining the Maoists in Mountain Nepal. Cultural Anthropology.
Sociocultural Anthropology; Demographic Anthropology; International Development
2001-2002 Country Manager, Nepal—The ISIS Foundation. Project director and manager and lead researcher on various health-related development projects in both Nepal and Uganda (on leave from University of Montana)
2000-present Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Montana
1998-2000 Andrew Mellon post-doctoral fellow in demographic anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, Program in Population Research, under the supervision of Gene Hammel
1997– present, anthropological consultant to The ISIS Foundation, conducting baseline and longitudinal studies of rural health care conditions in Humla District, Nepal and Nakaseke District, Uganda
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