Deborah Cunningham

Deborah CunninghamAdjunct Faculty
Phone: (512) 245-8272
Office: ELA 254

I received my PhD at the University of Missouri in 2005. I am a paleoanthropologist interested in the evolution of East and South African hominins, patterns of sexual dimorphism in Australopithecus, species boundaries in the fossil record, and the biology of Homo erectus. I also have strong interests in evolution and "creation science" issues, and have been involved in the fight to keep evolution in K-12 science standards. Additionally, I have done research into effective teaching methods for teaching evolution to college students.


Graves RR, Lupo AC, McCarthy RC, Wescott DJ, & Cunningham DL (2010). Just how strapping was KNM-WT 15000? Journal of Human Evolution 59:542-554 (also see Science 328 [5977]:413).

Cunningham DL & Wescott DJ (2009). Still more “fancy” and “myth” than “fact” in students’ conceptions of evolution. Evolution: Education and Outreach 2(3):505-517.

Wescott DJ & Cunningham DL (2006). Temporal changes in Arikara humeral and femoral cross-sectional geometry associated with horticultural intensification. Journal of Archaeological Science 33:1022-1036 (also see Science 312 [5773]:507).

Wescott DJ & Cunningham DL (2005). Recognizing and understanding student misconceptions about science and evolution. Mountain Rise 2(2): (

Cunningham DL & Jantz RL (2003). Craniometric relationships of Paleoamericans and Archaic Indians. Current Research in the Pleistocene 20:87-89.

Cunningham DL & Jantz RL (2003). The morphometric relationship of Upper Cave 101 and 103 to modern Homo sapiens. Journal of Human Evolution 45:741-758.

Cunningham DL & Wescott DJ (2002). Within-group human variation in the Asian Pleistocene: The three Upper Cave crania. Journal of Human Evolution 42:627-638.

Cunningham DL (1999). Creationist tornado rips evolution out of Kansas science standards. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 19(4):10-15.