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Datoga boy with young goat.

I am an applied biocultural and nutritional anthropologist interested in socioecological determinants of health and human rights, perceptions of environmental risk and resource security, gender and human nutrition. Much of my work is dedicated to using anthropological research to strengthen evidence-based approaches in global health and development  practice.

I base much of my research in Africa. Ongoing research in East Africa focuses on the local political ecology of rural livelihoods and environmental health disparities, including how socioeconomic constraints and environmental uncertainty shape maternal strategies for safe complementary feeding, caregiver-infant interaction and child growth. This includes recent work on gender and aflatoxins in Eastern Zambia as past of INGENAES as well as previous research among Datoga communities along Lake Eyasi in Tanzania.

Recent projects include:

I teach a number of graduate and undergraduate courses that tie to these research interests: Nutritional Anthropology, Culture & Medicine, Anthropology & Global Health, Global Issues in Pastoral Production, Evolutionary Medicine, Human Sexuality & Culture, and Anthropology of Pregnancy and Birth.