B.A. In Anthropology, Colorado State University
I graduated with my doctoral degree in Biological Anthropology from Binghamton University in 2014. My dissertation research focused on household, behavioral, and maternal factors that impact child nutritional status in a peri-urban community in Vanuatu, a developing South Pacific island nation. In general, I am interested in studying how cultural processes, like economic development, impact human biology and health, including chronic disease risk in adults, and nutritional and growth status in children. I am currently employed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology at Cleveland State University, and I have plans to continue research in the areas of social, culture, and economic change and health in the Cleveland area and in Vanuatu.
Note to Current Students
I started out as an Animal Science major at Colorado State University, with plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian. I switched to Biological Sciences as I wanted broader training in biology, and had started to develop an interest in human biology and health. Around this time, I took an introductory course in anthropology with Dr. Lynn Kwiatkowski to fulfill a general education requirement, which opened my mind to how social and cultural processes might impact human health. A further anthropology course with Dr. Ann Magennis, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, convinced me to change majors a final time. While I was interested in the mechanistic approach to understanding human biology offered through the biological sciences, I felt that there was a gap in my understanding of how those mechanistic processes were shaped by larger evolutionary and cultural forces. Anthropology filled this gap for me, and I have been interested in how the interface between culture and evolution shapes health in contemporary human populations ever since.