Robin G. Nelson


Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Santa Clara University

I am a biological anthropologist who utilizes evolutionary theory in studies of  human sociality and health outcomes. My doctoral research examined variability in received investment from kin and social contacts and phenotypic expression of biological trait indicators of health status amongst Jamaican adults. My more recent work explores the relationship between health outcomes and residential context for Jamaican children. This project focuses on the growth and development of children living in state-sponsored residential childcare facilities. I examine what happens to the social and physical health of children when the home, as it is articulated in West Indian communities, is not available to them. I am currently developing a project exploring the lives of Caribbean immigrants and their children in Toronto, Canada. With a focus on critical periods of growth and development, I investigate culturally salient forms of social and financial capital and the health of peoples from the Caribbean.