My work is primarily concerned with the interactions between human reproductive biology and the ecological and cultural context in which it develops. My research program takes a biocultural approach, that is, the interplay between biology and culture takes a central role in interpreting reproductive and other demographic patterns.
My research interests include human reproductive ecology, reproductive endocrinology, maternal and child health, evolutionary demography, biodemography of aging, and health of indigenous populations in Latin America.
I am originally from Argentina, from where I received my degree in biology. I got my PhD from the University of California, Davis. In 2005 I joined the Department of Anthropology at Penn and, starting in July 2014 I will be at Yale!
Lagranja, E., Navarro, A. and Valeggia, C. (2014) Alimentación y actividad física en adultos de una población Toba de la provincia de Formosa, Argentina [Diet and physical activity in adults of a Toba population in the province of Formosa, Argentina]. Diaeta, in press.
Olmedo, S. and Valeggia, C. (2014) Estado nutricional y factores asociados al inicio de la alimentación complementaria en niños Qom de Formosa. [Nutritional status and factors associated with the initiation of complementary feeding in Qom children of Formosa] Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría, in press.
Bove, R. M., Vala-Haynes, E. and Valeggia, C. (2013) Polygyny and Women’s Health in Rural Mali Journal of Biosocial Science 12: 1-24.
Bove, R.M., Vala-Haynes, E. and Valeggia, C. (2012) Women’s Health in Urban Mali: Social Predictors and Health Itineraries. Social Science and Medicine 75(8):1392-9.
Lanza, N., and Valeggia, C. (2012) Transitions and reproduction in an indigenous community of northern Argentina. Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica 14(1):33-43.