I and my students and collaborators use principles from anthropology and evolutionary biology to gain insights into the biological and health impacts of human developmental plasticity. In particular, we focus on the long-term effects of intrauterine and early postnatal environments on human development, adult health, reproduction and life history. Other projects focus on the psychobiology of social relationships, genetics and molecular biology, the evolution of the human brain and evolutionary medicine. See Projects and Publications pages for more.
I am Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University, where I am also a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and a founding member of Cells 2 Society, Northwestern’s interdisciplinary center for the study of health disparities. I am a co-director of the Health Inequality Network of the HCEO, serve on the Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and am an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.