Beverly I. Strassmann

Faculty Associate, RCGD
Professor, Anthropology
Beverly I. Strassmann

BIO

Beverly Strassmann's research focuses on evolution and human behavior. Her current projects include a longitudinal study of the influence of family structure on child health and survival in the Dogon of Mali, West Africa. Dr. Strassmann uses evolutionary theory to understand the social niche of the child and to predict favorable and unfavorable health outcomes. She also focuses on kinship to explore the interaction between biology and culture. In particular she is interested in the genetic effects of cultural practices that female sexuality, such as patrilineality and polygyny. She teaches courses on quantitative field methods, human reproductive and behavioral ecology, and natural selection.