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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2008-present Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UF
2008-present Faculty Afflt., Center for African Studies, UF
2010-present Faculty Afflt., School of Natural Resources, UF
2010-present Faculty Afflt., Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, UF

EDUCATION
2008      Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona
1999       M.A., Anthropology, Ohio State University
1997       B.A., Anthropology, Ohio State University

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

  • Biocultural approaches to understanding patterns of child health and nutrition including caretaker-child interactions, child growth and development, and constraints on early childhood feeding and care.
  • Household ecology, perceptions of environmental risk, and risk management strategies employed to cope with resource scarcity and unpredictability in social and physical environments.
  • Political ecology and health consequences of acculturation and sedentarization in aboriginal and pastoral communities.
  • Global health and development policy including policy on nutrition, infant feeding, food security, gender and rural subsistence.

GRANTS
2013-2015 Understanding parasitic disease transmission and control strategies to improve animal and human health under different environmental conditions in Senegal (J. Hernandez-PI, A. Young, S. Reuss, and H. Walden, co-Is). Livestock Innovation Lab (LCC-CRSP/USAID), 2014-2015. $249,974.

2012-2015 Epigenetic alterations and stress among new mothers and neonates in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A biocultural investigation of the intergenerational effects of war (C. Mulligan, PI, A. Young and C. Gravlee, co-PIs) National Science Foundation, Biological Anthropology Program (BCS-1231264), 2012-2014. $353,328.

2010-2012 Risk, perception, resilience, and adaptation to climate change in Niger and Tanzania (S.Russo-PI. S. McKune, A. Young, and B. Mayer, co-PIs). Global Livestock Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program (LCC-CRSP/USAID), 2010-2012. $79,775.

2008 Household constraints, ethnomedical systems, and exposure to waterborne infection in a pastoral community of northern Tanzania (A.Young, PI). Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund, University of Florida, $8,280.

2005 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement: Patterns of infant vulnerability and caregiver-infant interaction in a northern Tanzanian community (B. Tucker, PI, A. Young, co-PI). National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Program (No. 0451049), $3,080.

Grants under review
Cultural influences on psychosocial stress and health in Ulukhaktok, NWT, Canada. (P. Collings, PI, A. Young and M. Marten, co-PIs). Submitted to National Science Foundation, Arctic Social Sciences (October 2014).

FELLOWSHIPS
2004 “Precarious Stages: Rethinking the Role of Child Development in Health Outcomes” (A.Young-PI) Fulbright Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, $29,600.

HONORS
2010 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, University of Florida
2004 Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Teaching Award, Ohio State University

PUBLICATIONS
Young, A. and M. Marten (forthcoming) Identifying and using indicators to assess program effectiveness: Food intake, biomarkers, and nutritional evaluation. In, Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition. Eds. J. Brett and J. Chrzan. Berghan Press.

Collings, P, M. Marten, T. Pearce, and A. Young. (in press). Country Food Sharing Networks, Household Structure, and Implications for Understanding Food Insecurity in Arctic Canada. Ecology of Food and Nutrition.

McKune, SL, Borresen, EC, Young, AG, Ryley, TD, Russo, SL, Camara, AD, Coleman MM, and E Ryan. 2015. Climate change through a gendered lens: examining livestock holder food security. Global Food Security, 6:1-8.

Young, A. 2015. ‘Challenges of recruiting in Eshkesh’. In, Ice, G. H., Dufour, D. L., & Stevens, N. J. (2015). Disasters in Field Research: Preparing for and Coping with Unexpected Events. Rowman & Littlefield.

Glenn, J.C., Walden, H.S., Guzmán-Marín, E., del Refugio Gonzalez Losa, M., McIntosh, A., Young, A.G., and J.A. Hernandez. 2014. Examination of child, mother, and environmental factors associated with undernutrition in children less than five years old in a Maya community in Yucatán, Mexico. International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition, 3: 204-212.

Brewis, A., Gartin, M., Wutich, A. and A. Young. 2013. Global Convergence in Ethnotheories of Water and Disease. Global Public Health, 8 (1): 13-36.

Young, A., McKune, S.L., Russo, S., Ryley, T. and A.D. Camara. 2013. Gender and Nutrition: A Literature Review. LLC-CRSP Report No. 3. (Winter 2012). pp. 1-17. (Read)

Young, A. 2012 ‘Negotiating Risk and the Politics of Responsibility: Young Child Health among Datoga Pastoralists in Northern Tanzania.’ In, Risk and Reproduction? Social and Biomedical Constructions of Reproductive Risk, Eds. L. Fordyce and A. Mareasa. Vanderbilt University Press.

Young, A. and IL Pike. 2012. A biocultural framework for examining maternal cravings and aversions among pastoral women in East Africa. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 51(5): 444-462. (Read)

Young, A. 2010 Katherine Homewood. Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. African Studies Quarterly, 11 (2-3):187-189. (Read)

Young, A. 2009. Commentary: Current research on health and veterinary care among pastoralists in Tanzania. East African Journal of Research 1(1): 71-78.

Tucker, B. and AG Young. 2005. Growing up Mikea: Children’s time allocation and tuber foraging in southwestern Madagascar. In Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental, and Cultural Perspectives, edited by Hewlett, B. and M. Lamb. Aldine Transaction, New Brunswick.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS/POSTERS
Published Abstracts/Posters:
Crooks, DL, C. Hadley, L. Cliggett, D. Himmelgreen, and A. Young. 2013. Global Food Insecurity and Mental Health Project: A Research Protocol. American Journal of Human Biology, 25(2): 254.

Young, AG. 2012. Household livelihoods, maternal synchrony, and long-term child growth among Datoga in northern Tanzania. American Journal of Human Biology, 24(2): 249.

Patil, C. and A. Young. 2009. Aversions and cravings, and symptoms of pregnancy experienced by women living in north-central Tanzania. American Journal of Human Biology, 21(2): 264.

Young, A. 2008. Perceived vulnerability associated with anemia among Datoga infants. American Journal of Human Biology, 19(2): 289.

Miller, H., A. Young, and IL. Pike. 2007. Evaluating the cultural value of elder women, communal responsibility for children, and implications for reproductive success. American Journal of Human Biology, 19(2): 267.

Young, A. 2004. Using the ‘developmental niche’ to refine measures of parental investment. American Journal of Human Biology, 16(2): 230.

Pike, IL, CL Patil, and AG Young. 2003. Examining women’s psychosocial stress among three subsistence populations of East Africa. American Journal of Human Biology, 15(2): 250.

Young, AG and IL Pike. 2002. Using the ethnographic record to assess cross-cultural recognition of developmental stages. American Journal of Human Biology, 14(1): 94.

Presentations/Posters
Young, A. 2015. Anxiety, food security, and perceptions of environmental change in northern Tanzania. To be presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. March 24-28.

McKune, S. and A. Young. 2014. Ethnography and the Measurement of Pastoral Resilience Across Communities in East and West Africa. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual meeting, Washington, D.C. Dec 3-7.

Ball, J, Abernoza, N, Solia, D, Young, A and E. Dumontiel. 2014. Medical Education as a Barrier to Chagas Disease Control in rural Yucatán, Mexico. Poster presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Health annual meeting. Nov 2-6. New Orleans, LA.

Young, A. 2013. Maternal Perceptions of Breastmilk Quality, Breastfeeding Decisions, and Child Growth Among Agropastoral Datoga. Presented at the American Anthropology Association meeting, Chicago, IL.

Young, A. 2012. Kukosa damu: Maternal perceptions of infant anemia status and implications for care. Presented at the American Anthropology Association meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Young, A. and M. Nichter. 2010. Sustainability, surveillance, and human-animal health systems. Presented at the American Anthropology Association meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Young, A. and IL Pike. 2009. Causes and consequences associated with maternal food choice among pastoral women in East Africa. Presented at the American Anthropology Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Young, A. 2009. Concepts of risk associated with child health and waterborne illness among Datoga pastoralists. Presented at the Society for Medical Anthropology annual meeting, New Haven, CT.

Young A. 2008. “Do what I say, not what I do”: Situating individual feeding practices of rural women into a larger community context. Presentation at the American Anthropology Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Young, A. 2007. Vaccination, harm reduction, and vulnerability among children in a northern Datoga community. Presentation at the American Anthropology Association annual meeting, Washington D.C.

Young, A. 2007. Implications of social capital for promoting WHO global initiatives for infant feeding. Presentation at the SfAA meeting in Tampa, FL.

Young, A. 2005. Household constraints and maternal decision-making among the Datoga: implications for implementation of public health policy in rural Tanzania. Presentation at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, Washington D.C.

Pike, IL and AG Young. 2002. Understanding psychosocial health among women from Turkana District, Kenya and Mbulu District, Tanzania. Presentation at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Invited lectures
Environment and Child Health among Datoga pastoralists in Tanzania. Department of Geography Spring Colloquium, UF. January 19, 2012.

Perceptions of the Margins: Environment, Resource Security and Health among Datoga pastoralists in northern Tanzania. The Tropical Conservation and Development Student Group, UF. February 17, 2011.

Livelihoods and health among Datoga pastoralists in Tanzania. Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Alabama. February 25, 2010.

On the Ground: Perspectives on Fieldwork in Africa. Development Working Group and the Center for African Studies, University of Florida. Nov. 23, 2009.

Uncertain steps: Child health and mother-infant interaction among Datoga pastoralists of northern Tanzania. Center for African Studies, University of Florida. Sept. 13, 2008.

SYMPOSIA
2013. Co-organizer. Mothers, Milks, And Meaning: Innovations in Studying Lactation, Infant Feeding, and Developmental Ecology in Humans and Nonhuman Primates. American Anthropological Association annual meeting. Chicago, IL.

2011. Co-organizer, Invited session. Traces of resilience: Food security and well-being over the life course. American Anthropology Association annual meeting. Montreal, CA.

WORKSHOPS
Workshop on Food Security and Mental Health (funded by NSF). D. Crooks, L. Cliggett, C. Hadley, D. Himmelgreen, and A. Young, organizers. University of Kentucky, October 13-15, 2010.

Cross-cultural Comparisons of Early Postnatal Care Practices (funded by Wenner Gren). D. Sellen and C. Patil, organizers. Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzania, November 25-28, 2008.

FIELDWORK/CONSULTATION
2015-2018 Nutrition & Gender Consultant, INGENAES Program, Zambia: Assist Feed The Future missions to strengthen gender and nutrition integration within agricultural extension and advisory services.

2013-2015 Co-investigator, Senegal; Project:Understanding parasitic disease transmission and control strategies to improve animal and human health under different environmental conditions in Senegal

2011 Principle investigator, Manyara Region, Tanzania; Project: Risk, perception, resilience, and adaptation to climate change in Niger and Tanzania

2009 Principle investigator, Manyara Region, Tanzania; Project: Household constraints, ethnomedical systems, and exposure to waterborne infection in a pastoral community of northern Tanzania

2004-06 Principal investigator, Manyara Region, Tanzania; Project: Patterns of infant vulnerability and caregiver-infant interaction in northern Tanzania.

2003 Research assistant, La Moskitia Region, Honduras; Project: Research among the Miskito Amerindians of Eastern Honduras

2002 Research assistant, Mbulu District, Tanzania; Project: Weanling Needs and the Next Pregnancy among the Iraqw of Tanzania, Mbulu District, Tanzania

2002 Participant, Swahili Intensive Language Program, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2000-01 Research assistant, Red River Gorge, Kentucky; Project: The Ecology of Early Food Production in Upland Drainages of Eastern North America

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
2010-2014 SAFN Contributing Editor, Anthropology News
2008-2010 Associate Editor, East African Journal of Research
2006-07 Student Representative to the Human Biology Association
2002-03 Student Representative to the Human Biology Association
2001-03 Member of Executive Committee, OSU-Women in Development

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
2008-present Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UF
2007-08 Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UA
2006 Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, OSU
2003-04 Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of Anthropology, OSU
1999-01 Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, OSU

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Undergraduate courses
Anthropology 2301: Human Sexuality and Culture
Anthropology 3930: Evolutionary Medicine
Anthropology 4462: Culture and Medicine
Anthropology 200: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Anthropology 201: Introduction to Archaeology
Anthropology 302: Medical Anthropology
Anthropology 597: Women, Culture and Development
Natural Sciences 104: Modern Human Biological Variation

Graduate Seminars
Global Issues in Pastoralism, Children in Africa, Anthropology and Global Health, Anthropology of Pregnancy and Birth, Evolutionary Medicine

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Swahili: Fluent spoken, reading, and writing skills.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Human Biology Association (HBA)
Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)

REFERENCES
Upon request.

Last updated: 1/8/2015