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Joseph Hackman

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
College: Social & Behavioral Science
School / Department: Anthropology
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Joe is an evolutionary anthropologist and population health scientist interested in how insights from human’s evolutionary history can help us understand global health disparities.  His work focuses on understanding disparities in human growth and reproduction, particularly in the context of economic development and global market integration.  Based on fieldwork in Guatemala, he studies recent changes in reproductive and parenting decision-making among indigenous populations in Latin America. Additionally, he utilizes existing demographic and health monitoring surveys to map the global range of variation in human growth and reproduction and the extent to which these are influenced by social and economic factors. He is currently involved in a project documenting the longitudinal impact of market integration and subsistence diversification on growth and reproduction in Maya village in the Yucatan, Mexico.  This NSF Funded project draws on over 30 years’ worth of economic and demographic data to trace the development of reproductive and wealth inequality over the course of increasing access to global markets and wage-labor opportunities.