About Ivy L. Pike (On Sabbatical Fall 2017–Spring 2018)
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 understand the broader health costs 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. To that end, I am conducting collaborative research on low-intensity violence on nutrition, health, and poverty among three pastoralist groups in northern Kenya. This project takes a regional perspective to understand the direct and indirect consequences of violence on health and emotional well-being.
Straight, Bilinda, et al. "Suicide in Three East African Pastoralist Communities and the Role of Researcher Outsiders for Positive Transformation: A Case Study." Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (2014): 1-22.
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 biology, 17(1), 55-65.
Pike, I. L. "The nutritional consequences of pregnancy sickness." Human Nature 11.3 (2000): 207-232.
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)
Conflict and health; women's psychosocial health, biology of inequality; evolutionary medicine; developmental origins of health and disease