Kevin Kelly, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Kevin Kelly is a biological anthropologist whose research broadly addresses aspects of human health and variation.  Retired in June 2021, he is Associate Research Scientist Emeritus in the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health and former Deputy Director of the Healthier Workforce Center, a CDC/NIOSH funded center. Professor Kelly is Co-Editor-In-Chief of “Humans”, an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal on anthropology, and an editorial board member for the 'Behavioral and Mental Health' section of the “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health”, a transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal, and a founding member of the editorial board of “Populations”, a new journal focusing on demography- and population-related issues.

Research Interests

  • Biological and Biomedical Anthropology
  • Population Health
  • Occupational Health
  • Craniofacial Biology
  • Anthropological Genetics
  • Mixed Methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Pacific Prehistory
  • Contemporary U.S
Research areas
  • Biological Anthropology
Kevin Kelly, Ph.D.
PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1988
Contact Information

106 Institute for Rural and Environmental Health (IREH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States