Kimberly Wren | Department of Anthropology

Kimberly Wren

Adjunct Instructor
Sycamore Hall 130

Kimberly Wren is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas. Her research interests include political and human rights anthropology, North American and Mesoamerican bioarchaeology, African and European diaspora archaeology, dental anthropology, and forensic anthropology. Her teaching focuses on systemic discrimination, racialization, health disparities, social movements, and alternative narratives in marginalized communities locally and globally. She is engaged with students on research projects as an advisor and as a mentor in the McNair Scholars Program. She is also currently working on research related to racialization and human rights that highlights alternative minority experiences in an effort to create a more democratic history, one that more accurately depicts diverse class and race affiliations.


2017, Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2007, M.A., Biological Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2004, B.A., Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications

Wallace IJ, Worthington S, Felson DT, Jurmain RD, Wren KT, Maijanen H, Woods RJ, Lieberman DE. 2017. Knee osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 114 (35) 9332-9336.

Wren KT, Scruggs S. 2013. The role of anthropology and the Odd Fellows Scholars Program in advocacy efforts to restore Odd Fellows Cemetery. Article published in March edition of Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association, Arlington, Virginia.

Selected Presentations

Wren KT. 2013. The attack on African American social capital and its deleterious impact on political participation. Poster presented at the Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Wren KT. 2008a. Methodological considerations: Osteoarthritis and the significance of porosity in the William M. Bass Donated Skeletal Collection. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Columbus, Ohio.

Wren KT. 2008b. Evidences of trauma among historic Cherokee from the southeastern United States. Poster presented at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brock D, Avery-Quinn S, Cahill EP, Wren KT. 2007. Historical archaeology in Tennessee. Paper presented at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee.