Zaneta Thayer

Dartmouth College

The Biology of Inequality

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

This talk will describe the hormonal and molecular mechanisms through which environments can become embodied, with a particular focus on how social inequalities can create health inequalities.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of philosophy, American studies, sociology and anthropology and the Health Studies Program.  The program was initiated by the Clarke Forum’s student project managers.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Zaneta Thayer is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She is interested in understanding how stress exposures, particularly in early life, shape patterns of human biology and health, as well as the evolutionary basis for that sensitivity. Much of her research has explored the health impacts of exposures such as poverty, discrimination, acculturative stress, and historical trauma in both New Zealand and among Native American communities in the United States.

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