Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology


Education and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University
PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Anthropology, University of Southern Illinois
BS, Anthropology, University of California, Davis


Dr. Katherine Whitcome is a biological anthropologist who is interested in comparative and evolutionary aspects of human posture and locomotion. Her research focuses on the functional anatomy and biomechanics of female positional behavior because both clearly played a major role in shaping our species, not only in the past but also in the present. She is interested in all research that links anatomy and performance. She applies diverse methodologies including 3D kinematics of natural motion, musculoskeletal modeling, comparative morphometrics and primate field study. She served as a Co-Investigator and Collaborating Faculty at the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital from 2012 to 2015 and as an Assistant Professor in Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati from 2009 to 2015. Additionally, she has taught at Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and as an instructor at the University of Texas, Austin.

Dr. Whitcome has served as a manuscript reviewer for many major journals, including Science, and her own research is published in Nature, the Journal of Human Evolution, and the Journal of Sport and Health Sciences. Her research has been funded by grantors including the National Science Foundation and the Leakey Foundation.


Phone: 916-686-8378


California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032