Katharine Thompson, PhD


Dr. Katharine “Kate” Thompson, is a presidential postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University. She received her BA in Anthropology and BS in Community, Environment, and Development from Penn State University, and both her MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University. She visited Amani in 2011 with the School for Field Studies. There she began a collaboration with Amani Children’s Home to build an online international network to ensure publicity, fundraising, and sustainable growth for Amani. The Amani Foundation now provides managerial oversight and financial support at the request of the Children’s Home. As a medical anthropologist, Kate is currently developing mixed-methods approaches to elucidate how children interreact with wild animals and wild meat In Cross River State, Nigeria. Her research interests include human-wildlife interactions and natural resource use as a form of resilience for indigenous communities.