Anna C. Rivara


Visiting Assistant Professor

Biopage Rivara

B.S., Anthropology, University of Oregon, 2005
M.A., African Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
M.P.H., Infection Control, University of South Florida, 2014
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2017

I am an evolutionary bio-cultural anthropologist with interests in how the intersections of poverty, ecology, reproduction, and health, influence immune responses. My current work uses a life history theory framework to examine the ecology and evolution of human immune responses, and how those responses impact reproduction and growth. My work in Goiás, Brazil, in collaboration with the University of Brasília’s Department of Genetics and Morphology, measures how impoverishment, marginalization, and reproduction, impact the growth, and immune functioning, of adult women from the Kalunga quilombo. This on-going project continues to analyze how socio-economics, ecology, and genetics, are impacting the health and well-being of the Kalunga people.

I have also previously worked in Tanzania where I was able to observe the ramifications of globalization, poverty, food insecurity, and infectious diseases in the Arusha region. I am planning on returning to the region to examine the physical, psychological, and economic, consequences of macro-parasitic infections.

Additionally, I am interested in how our immune reactions will be engaged in the future in response to changing fertility rates, and increasing rates of antibiotic resistance, re-emerging infectious diseases, and chronic conditions. I am currently using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to measure how generational changes in ages at menarche, and fertility-- in addition to structural inequality and health inequities--are associated with inflammation, obesity, stature, and susceptibility to infectious agents.

Contact:
640 Flanner Hall
arivara@nd.edu