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Ivy L. Pike Ph.D.

About Ivy L. Pike Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

My research blends the impacts of inequality on health with the acknowledgement that human biology is shaped by our evolutionary heritage.   I am interested in blending evolution and embodiment - what evolutionary mechanisms allow us to track our social and physical environments to improve fitness, balanced by a need to understand the broader health costs of tracking marginalized environments.  To achieve this goal I have focused primarily on women's reproductive and psychosocial health.  Finally, I remain committed to developing theoretically and practically relevant research that matches the circumstances of East African pastoralists' lives.  To that end, I am conducting collaborative research on the impact of AK-47 raids on nutrition, health, and poverty among three pastoralist groups in northern Kenya.  This project takes a regional perspective to understand the direct and indirect consequences of violence on health and emotional well-being.

1996 -  Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Research Interests
health consequences of endemic warfare;  women's psychosocial health, social inequalities and health; evolutionary and public health perspectives on fetal developmental plasticity
Geographic Areas of Interest
East Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa


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Ivy L. Pike Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Telephone: (520) 626-2099
Fax: (520) 621-2088
Office: Emil W. Haury Building