Ivy Pike

Professor, Anthropology
Associate Director, Anthropology

Emil W. Haury Building, Room 404

About Ivy Pike

My research blends the impacts of inequality on health with the acknowledgement that human biology is shaped by our evolutionary heritage.   I am interested in blending evolution and embodiment - what evolutionary mechanisms allow us to track our social and physical environments to improve fitness, balanced by a need to document the health consequences of tracking marginalized environments.  To achieve this goal I have focused primarily on women's reproductive and psychosocial health.  Finally, I remain committed to developing theoretically and practically relevant research that matches the circumstances of East African pastoralists' lives.  

Selected Publications

Pike, IL.  (2019).  Nurturing as resilience in a context of low-intensity violence for Turkana Pastoralists of Kenya. American Anthropologist 105(1):126-137.

Pike, IL, Hilton, CA., Oesterle, M. and O. Olungah.  (2018).  Low intensity violence and the social determinants of adolescent health among three East African pastoralist communities. Social Science & Medicine 202:117-127.

Pike IL, Straight, B., Hilton, C. and M. Oesterle.  (2016). Comparative nutritional indicators as markers for resilience: A case study of the impacts of low-intensity violence among three pastoralist communities of northern Kenya. Special Issue of Journal of Eastern African Studies 10(1):150-168.

Pike, Ivy L., et al. "Documenting the health consequences of endemic warfare in three pastoralist communities of northern Kenya: A conceptual framework." Social Science & Medicine 70.1 (2010): 45-52.

Pike, Ivy L., and Sharon R. Williams. "Incorporating psychosocial health into biocultural models: preliminary findings from Turkana women of Kenya." American Journal of Human Biology 18.6 (2006): 729-740.

Pike, I. L. (2005). Maternal stress and fetal responses: evolutionary perspectives on preterm delivery. American journal of human biology17(1), 55-65.

Pike, I. L. "The nutritional consequences of pregnancy sickness." Human Nature 11.3 (2000): 207-232.


2014-2018 - Vulnerable Transitions: Cumulative Stress for Pastoralist Youth in a High Stakes Conflict Zone" -- NSF BCS Cultural Anthropology Program (Collaborative Research with Co-PI Dr. Bilinda Straight, Western Michigan University)

2008-2011-- The Violence of "Small Wars," Poverty, and Health in Three Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya -- NSF BCS Cultural Anthropology Program (Collaborative Research with Co-PI Dr. Bilinda Straight, Western Michigan University)

Research Interests

Conflict and health; women's psychosocial health, biology of inequality; evolutionary medicine; developmental origins of health and disease