Graham Sustainability Institute

Beverly Strassmann

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Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics
  • Literature, Science, & Arts
    • Anthropology

Research focuses on evolution and human behavior. Current projects include a longitudinal study of the influence of family structure on child health and survival in the Dogon of Mali, West Africa. 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 constrain female sexuality, such as patrilineality and polygyny. She teaches courses on quantitative field methods, human reproductive and behavioral ecology, and natural selection.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

No PovertyZero HungerGood Health and Well-BeingQuality EducationGender EqualityClean Water and SanitationDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionPartnerships for the Goals

Current sustainability courses taught


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Water Center
    • Event Participant
      • WC Lunches