It gives us great pleasure to announce the addition of two new faculty members to the Department of Anthropology! Dr. Courtney Helfrecht and soon to be Dr. Holly Horan are joining our faculty in August.
Dr. Courtney Helfrecht comes to us from Washington State University where she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research examines the effects of stress on human health and childhood development, using a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach. She has two primary lines of inquiry under this umbrella: 1) the impacts of cultural and physical stressors on biomarker patterning and developmental trajectories, and 2) the socio-cultural and evolutionary determinants of childhood health and growth.
Holly Horan comes from Oregon State University and she specializes in applied critical biocultural medical anthropology with an integrated program minor in two public health sub-fields: human development and family sciences and epidemiology. Her mixed-methods dissertation research on perceived maternal stress and gestational age at delivery in Puerto Rico, as well as her professional experience working in public health and as a birth and postpartum doula, has provided her with a skill set and perspective that lies at the intersection of reproductive equity and academic research.
We are extremely happy to welcome these two new faculty members! Please help us welcome our new faculty to our anthropology family.