Ivy L. Pike (On Sabbatical Fall 2017–Spring 2018)

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. 

Selected Publications

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)

2014-2016 - 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) 

Research Interests

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

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Contact Information

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Telephone: 520.626.2099
Fax: 520.621.2088
Office: Emil W. Haury Building, Room 302
Office Hours: Tuesday 1-1:50, Wednesday 1-1:50, or by appointment