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Barbara Piperata

Barbara Piperata

Barbara Piperata

Associate Professor | Department of Anthropology | College of Arts and Sciences


(614) 292-2766

4054 Smith Laboratory,
174 W. 18th Ave.,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Human Energetics
  • Reproduction
  • Nutrition
  • Poverty and Health
  • Latin America


  • (2005) Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • (1998) M.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado
  • (1991) B.S., Biology, University of New Mexico

My research applies an evolutionary and critical biocultural perspective to the study of nutritional anthropology, food security and reproductive energetics.  My regional area of focus is Latin America where I have conducted original field work in the Amazon Basin and Atlantic Coast forests of Brazil and in Central Nicaragua. Details on my specific research topics and related publications can be found on my website. I co-direct the Human Biological Anthropology Laboratory (HBAL) along with Dr. Doug Crews.  Together we offer undergraduate and graduate students international research opportunities and access to lab facilities to conduct original field and lab studies. 

Current Courses Taught

  • Modern Human Physical Variation (ANTH 3301) + Graduate Seminar (ANTH 7701)
  • Introduction to Medical Anthropology (ANTH 3302)
  • Global Food Crisis (ANTH 4597.05)
  • Women’s Health in Global Perspective (ANTH 5602)
  • Evolutionary Medicine (ANTH 5600)

Current Graduate Students

  • Genevieve Ritchie-Ewing, Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology
  • Jennifer Spence, Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology
  • Maryanne Tranter, Ph.D. candidate, Nursing

Dr. Piperata's cv.pdf

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