Zaneta M. Thayer
Associate Professor of Anthropology
I am a biological anthropologist interested in understanding how (biological mechanisms) and why (evolutionary origins) environmental experiences shape patterns of human biology and health. One important application of this interest is understanding how social inequalities create health inequalities. As such, my research has focused on evaluating how factors such as poverty, racism, and historical trauma affect health.
- Ph. D. Northwestern University
- A.B. Dartmouth College
2020 Gildner, T. and Thayer, Z. "Maternal and child health during the COVID‐19 pandemic: Contributions in the field of human biology." American Journal of Human Biology doi:10.1002/ajhb.23494
2020 Thayer, Z., Rutherford, J., & Kuzawa, C. The Maternal Nutritional Buffering Model: An evolutionary framework for pregnancy nutritional intervention. Evolution,
Medicine, and Public Health (1), 14–27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eoz037
2019 Running Bear, U., Thayer, Z., Croy, C., Kaufman, C., & Manson, S. The impact of individual and parental American Indian boarding school attendance on chronic physical
health of Northern Plains Tribes. Family & Community Health, 42(1), 1–7. doi: 10.1097/fch.0000000000000205
2019 Conching, A and Z. Thayer. "Biological pathways for historical trauma to affect health: a conceptual model focusing on epigenetic modifications." Social Science & Medicine, 230:74-82.