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Bernstein, Robin Miriam

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Bernstein's research program aims to unite theoretical and methodological approaches from the fields of anthropology, nutrition, and physiology to understand variation in human growth and development within an evolutionary, adaptive, and applied framework. She co-designed and co-led the HERO-G (Hormonal and Epigenetic Regulators of Growth) study, which explored in great detail the endocrine, epigenetic, and metabolomic correlates of growth in infancy and childhood in Gambia. She directs a laboratory which uses enzyme and chemiluminescent assay and mid-infrared spectrometry methods to assess biomarkers related to growth and health. Dr. Bernstein values interdisciplinary collaboration as the most productive means of addressing critical theoretical and applied questions relating to maternal and infant health, and infant and child growth.


  • growth and development, endocrinology, maternal-infant physiology, global health, life history evolution, lactation biology and breastfeeding, professional development and mentoring


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courses taught

  • ANTH 2020 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2024
    Continuation of ANTH 2010. Emphasizes genetics, human variation, and microevolution. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2010..
  • ANTH 2040 - Laboratory in Biological Anthropology 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Experiments and hands-on exercises designed to enhance understanding of the principles and concepts presented in ANTH 2020. One two-hour class per week. Recommended corequisite: ANTH 2020.
  • ANTH 4120 - Advanced Biological Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Selected topics in physical anthropology emphasizing faculty specialties. Topics may include population genetics and its application to understanding modern human diversity, human population biology, and primate ecology and evolution. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2010 or ANTH 2020 or EBIO 1210 or EBIO 1220. Same as ANTH 5120.
  • ANTH 7020 - Seminar: Physical Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    In-depth discussion of selected topics in physical anthropology with emphasis on recent research. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ANTH 7620 - Seminar: Ethnography and Cultural Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores how ethnographic writing has evolved over the past century to incorporate different forms of cross-cultural representation and to accommodate new theoretical paradigms. Includes ethnographic authority and reflexivity, as well as embedded theories and blurred genres of cultural research.


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