Robin G. Nelson
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office: Dana Science Center 251
Tel. (518) 580-5419
Office hours: W 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008
Thesis: Investing in Men, Investing in Mothers – Evolutionary Anthropology of Kinship and Health in Jamaica
- MA, University of Michigan, 2006
- AB Anthropology (Honors), Brown University, 2001
Jamaica, Caribbean, Caribbean Diaspora communities
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
My research explores kin and parental investment in studies of sociality and health
in contemporary Caribbean populations. My current research on caretaking strategies,
residential contexts, and child health outcomes contributes to a broad focus on the
influences of social experiences on health outcomes over the lifespan. A recent project
investigated the relationship between child growth and residential context for Jamaican
children living in institutional care settings. I am currently developing a project
investigating the long-term effects of social upheaval on kin investment practices
and health outcomes amongst contemporary island and Caribbean Diaspora populations
living in Canada.
My course offerings reflect my research interests in kin investment, social networks, and human biology, and broad training in biological anthropology.
- AN 102 Anthropology of the Human Past
- AN 251D Anthropology of Love, Sex, and War
- AN 252D Caribbean Health and Culture
- AN 351D Biological Approaches to Medical Anthropology
- AN 351D The Biology of Poverty
- SSP 100 Scribner Seminar: Modern Family - The Science and Social Experiences of Human Bonds
- Clancy, K.B.H., Nelson, R.G., Rutherford, J.N., and Hinde, K. 2014. Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault. PLOS One 9(7): e102172.
- Nelson, R.G. 2010. John Hawks and the Public’s Consumption of Biological Anthropology. American Anthropologist.112 (2): 309-310.
- Nelson, R.G. 2009. Adult health outcomes and their implications for childhood nutritional stress in Jamaica. American Journal of Human Biology. 21 (5): 671-678.
- Robinson TM, Nelson R, Artis D, Scott P, Boyer JD. 2004. Experimental Leishmania major infection suppresses HIV-1 DNA vaccine induced cellular immune response. Cells Tissues Organs.177 (3): 185-188.
- Robinson, T.M., Nelson, R.G., Boyer, J.D. 2003. Parasitic Infection and the Th2 Polarized Immune Response Alters a Vaccine Induced Immune Response. DNA and Cell Biology, 22 (6): 421-430.
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
- Wenner Gren Post-PhD Research Grant, Wenner Gren Foundation (2011)
- Academic Senate Research Funding, University of California, Riverside (2010, 2011, 2012)
- Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor; Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan (2008)
- Award for Innovation and Originality in Undergraduate Teaching for Darwin, Disease and Decay: Evolutionary Anthropology, Culture and Health, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan (2007)
- Rackham Merit Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan (2002 –2007)