Curriculum

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CLAUDIA R. VALEGGIA

Education

1996       Ph.D. in Animal Behavior                                        University of California, Davis, CA

1995       M.S. in Animal Behavior                                          University of California, Davis, CA

1988       Licenciatura in Biology                                            Univ. of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Appointments

July 1, 2014 – Present
Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

2012 – 2014
Director, Population Aging Research Center, University of Pennsylvania

2011 – 2014
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, U. of Pennsylvania

2010 – Present
Corresponding Member, National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET), Argentina

2005 – Present
Research Associate, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

2005 – 2011
Francis E. Johnston Term Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

2002 – 2005
Director, Chaco Area Reproductive Ecology Program, Department of Anthropology, Reproductive Ecology Laboratory, Harvard University, U.S.A.

1998 – 2010
Researcher, National Council for Scientific and Technological Research, Argentina.

1998 – 2002
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Reproductive Ecology Laboratory, Harvard University, U.S.A.

1997 – 1998
Instructor, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, Davis.

1996 
Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, Davis. U.S.A.

Grants & Projects

L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (in collaboration with Dr. H. De la Iglesia) 2014-2015. Searching for ancestral sleep in human populations of the Argentinean Chaco

NIA 2-P30-AG012836-16 (PI) 2012-2014. Center on the Demography of Aging

NSF BCS-0952264 – CAREER Award (PI) 2010-2015. Life history transitions among the Toba of Argentina

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (PI) 2012. Hormonal correlates of three life history transitions

NIA/PARC P30-AG012836 (Pilot PI) 2012-2013. Metabolic profiles of female reproductive aging: A comparative study

University Research Foundation – University of Pennsylvania (PI) 2010-2012. Life history transitions among the Toba of Argentina – Database management

Canadian Institute of Health Research (Co-PI) 2010-2013. Interplay between women’s stress and reproductive axes: The dynamic transition from post-postpartum infertility to ovarian cyclicity

NIA P30 Demography of Aging (AG 012836-15) (PI) 2009-2011. Hormonal and cultural correlates of physical discomforts during the menopausal transition

LSB Leakey Foundation (PI) 2008-2009. Growth and life history in children of the Argentine Chaco

Hewlett Award for Innovation in International Offerings (Co-PI) 2008. The Culture and Ecology of Motherhood and Safe Delivery in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala

 National Geographic Society (PI) 2008-2009. A longitudinal study of growth and development in Toba and Wichí children of Argentina

Pennsylvania Department of Health (Co-PI) 2007. Programa Lactar

Trustees Council Summer Faculty Research Fellowship (PI) 2007. Qompí Nauatalec Na Nachalatagag Project (Indigenous People Taking Care of their Health Project)

University Research Foundation, University of Pennsylvania (PI) 2006-2007. Biparental Care and Social Monogamy in Primates.

NICHD-PSC/ NIA/Boettner Center (PI) 2006-2007. Demographic changes in Toba villages in transition

Argentine National Women Council (PI) 2005-2006. Qompí Nauatalec Na Nachalatagag Project (Indigenous people taking care of health)

National Geographic Society (PI) 2004-2005. The Wichí and the Toba hunter-gatherers of the Argentine Gran Chaco

LSB Leakey Foundation (PI) 2003-2004. Demography and Subsistence Activities among the Wichí of the Argentine Chaco

Wenner-Gren Foundation (PI) 2003-2004. Fertility and Subsistence Activities among the Wichí of the Argentine Chaco

National Geographic Society (PI) 2002-2003. Reproductive Ecology of Indigenous Foraging Communities in the Argentinean Chaco

D. Rockefeller Ctr. for Latin American Studies, Harvard University (PI) 2001. Adolescent motherhood in a Toba community of Formosa, Argentina

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Co-PI) 2000-2002. Energetics, Nursing Behavior, and Lactational Amenorrhea

National Council for Scientific and Technological Research, Argentina (PI) 2001. Reproductive Ecology of Chacoan Groups: Preliminary studies

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (PI) 1999-2000. Nursing Behavior, Maternal Energetics, and Post-partum Fertility among Toba women of Northern Argentina

Nestlé Foundation (Co-PI) 1998-2000. Effects of maternal nutrition and nursing behavior on postpartum fertility in Toba women of Formosa, Argentina

Publications

Valeggia, C.  and Snodgrass, J.J. (2015) Health of Indigenous Peoples. Annual Review of Anthropology 44  (in press).

Breakey, A. A., Hinde, K., Valeggia, C., Sinofsky, A. and Ellison, P.T.  (2015) Illness in breastfeeding infants relates to concentration of lactoferrin and secretory Immunoglobulin A in mother’s milk. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (in press) doi: 10.1093/emph/eov002

Valeggia, C., Orlando, F. and Lagranja E. (2015) Cambios en la prevalencia de sobrepeso y obesidad en asentamientos toba de la provincia de Formosa [Changes in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Toba settlements in the province of Formosa]. In: Procesos de Investigación e intervención en salud en comunidades indígenas de Argentina. Silvia Hirsch, Mariana Lorenzetti y Daniel Salomón, Eds. Instituto de Medicina Tropical y Ministerio de Salud, Argentina, Pp 235-258.

Valeggia, C. (2014) The Global and the Local: Understanding Health and Fertility in Latin American Indigenous Women. Health Care for Women International . DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2014.954704

Lagranja, E., Navarro, A. and Valeggia, C. (2014). Indigenous populations in transition: An evaluation of the risk for metabolic syndrome among the Toba of northern Argentina. Annals of Human Biology. DOI: 10.3109/03014460.2014.932008

Lagranja, E., Phojanakong, P., 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 32(146) (March issue, 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 112(3) 254-257.

Lanza, N. and Valeggia, C. (2014) Análisis longitudinal del comportamiento reproductivo de una población Toba en transición. [Longitudinal analysis of reproductive behavior in a Toba population in transition]. Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Populaçao 31 (1):117-134.

Vala-Haynes, E., Valeggia, C. and Kohler, H-P. (2014) Out of union fertility in Paraguay. Notas de Población 97: 7-34.

Lanza, N., and Valeggia, C. (2014) Cambios demográficos en una población rural de la etnia Toba del norte de Argentina. [Demographic changes in a rural population of Toba ethnicity in northern Argentina]. Latin American Research Review 49 (2).

Lanza, N., and Valeggia, C. (2014) Cambios demográficos en una población rural de la etnia Toba del norte de Argentina. [Demographic changes in a rural population of Toba ethnicity in northern Argentina]. Latin American Research Review 49 (2).

Lanza, N. Valeggia, C. and Pelaez, E. (2013) The reproductive transition in an indigenous population of northern Argentina. Biodemography and Social Biology 59:212-230.

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.

Lanza, N., Valeggia, C. and Pelaez, E. (2011). Análisis de la fecundidad de los toba del norte de Argentina [Analysis of the Fertility of the Toba of northern Argentina] In: Pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes en América Latina: Dinámicas poblacionales diversas y desafíos comunes. Serie Investigaciones Nº 12, Asociación Latinoamericana de Población, 47-73.

Fernandez-Duque, E., Burke, K.M., Schoenrock, K., Wolovich, C. and Valeggia, C. (2011) Hormonal monitoring of reproductive status in monogamous wild female owl monkeys of the Argentinean Chaco. Folia Primatologica 82:143-153.

McGuinness, C. and Valeggia, C. (2011) La transición menopáusica en dos poblaciones étnicamente diferentes de la ciudad de Formosa [The menopausal transition in two ethnically different populations of the city of Formosa] Encuentro de Geohistoria Regional 30, 272-278.

Nagata, J., Bream, K.D.,Barg, F.K., and Valeggia, C. (2011) Coca-Colonization and Hybridization of Diets among the Tz’utujil Maya. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 50:4, 297-318.

Nagata, J., Valeggia, C., Barg, F.K., and Bream, K.D. (2011) Criticisms of Chlorination: Social Determinants of Water Beliefs and Practices among the Tz’utujil Maya. Panamerican Journal of Public Health 29(1): 9 -16.

Leonard, W., Stock J., and Valeggia C. (2010) Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Diet and Nutrition. Evolutionary Anthropology 19, 85-86.

Valeggia, C., Burke, K. M., and Fernandez-Duque, E. (2010) The impact of socioeconomic change on nutritional status among Toba and Wichí populations of Argentina. Economics and Human Biology 8(1):100-10.

Fernandez-Duque, E., Valeggia, C., and Mendoza, S. P. (2009) The biology of paternal care. Annual Review of Anthropology 38:115-130.

Nagata, J., Valeggia, C., Barg, F.K., and Bream, K.D. (2009) Body Mass Index, Socio-economic Status, and Socio-Behavioral Practices among Tz’utujil Maya women. Economics and Human Biology, 7(1):96-106.

Valeggia, C. and Ellison, P. T. (2009) Interactions between metabolic and reproductive functions in the resumption of postpartum fecundity. American Journal of Human Biology 21(4): 559-566.

Lanza, N., Burke, K.M., and Valeggia, C. (2009) Fertility among the Toba, an Argentine indigenous population in transition. Society, Biology, and Human Affairs 73(1-2):26-34.

Valeggia, C.R. (2009) Flexible Caretakers: Responses of Toba families in transition. In: Substitute Parents: Biological and Social Perspectives on Alloparenting in Human Societies, Gillian Bentley & Ruth Mace (Eds). Studies in Biosocial Science Series, Berghahn Press, pp 100 -115.

Bove, R.M. and Valeggia, C.R. (2008) Polygyny and Women’s Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Social Science and Medicine 68(1):21-9.

Valeggia, C.R. (2007) Taking the lab to the field: Minimally invasive techniques for monitoring reproductive hormones in population-scale research. Population Development Review 33(3) 525-542.

Valeggia, C.R. (2007) Monitoreo de hormonas en el campo: Métodos y aplicaciones en ecología reproductiva humana [Monitoring hormones in the field: Methods and applications in human reproductive ecology]. Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica 9 (2):10-18.

Walker, R., Hill, K., Gurven, M., Magliano, A., Chagnon, N., Djurovic, G., Hames, R., Hurtado, A.M., Oiver, W.J., De Souza, R., Valeggia, C. and Yamauchi, T. (2006) Growth rates, developmental markers, and life histories in 21 small-scale societies. American Journal of Human Biology 18(3):295-311.

Lanza, N., Valeggia, C. (2006). Caracterización demográfica de una población Toba de Formosa. [Demographic characterization of a Toba population in Formosa]. Encuentro de Geohistoria Regional. IIGHI – CONICET. Pp. 293 – 301.

Valeggia, C.R. and Lanza, N. A. (2005) Tiempos de cambio: Consecuencias de la transición nutricional en comunidades Toba de Formosa [Consequences of the nutritional transition in the Toba communities of Formosa]. Encuentro de Geohistoria Regional, Resistencia. Pp 615-623.

Sánchez-Ocasio, K. and Valeggia, C.R. (2005) Fertilidad y transición demográfica entre los Toba del Gran Chaco Argentino: Factores Mediadores. [Fertility and demographic transition among the Toba of the Argentine Gran Chaco: Mediating Factors] Encuentro de Geohistoria Regional, pp. 570-577.

Lanza, N. A. and Valeggia, C. R. (2005) Análisis de posibles factores determinantes de la proporción sexual secundaria en una población Toba [Analysis of possible determinants of secondary sex ratios in a Toba population].  Revista Argentina de Antropologia Biológica 7 (2) 21-33.

Valeggia, C.R., Lanza N. A. and Córdoba, L.I. (2005) Fuentes de variación en la alimentación actual de los toba-pilagá del oeste formoseño. (Sources of variation in the current diet of Toba-Pilaga people in Western Formosa). Actas del Quinto Congreso de Americanistas, Sociedad Argentina de Americanistas, Buenos Aires: 123-142.

Ellison, P.T., Valeggia, C.R., and Sherry, D. S. (2005) Human birth seasonality. In: Seasonality in Primates: Implications for Human Evolution. Diane K. Brockman and Carel P. van Schaik (Eds). Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology, Cambridge University Press, pp. 379 -400.

Valeggia, C.R. and Ellison, P. T. (2004) Lactational amenorrhea in well-nourished Toba women of Argentina. Journal of Biosocial Science 36 (5) 573-595.

Valeggia, C.R. and Ellison P. T. (2003) Impact of breastfeeding on anthropometric changes in a population of Toba women. American Journal of Human Biology 15:717-724.

Ellison, P.T. and Valeggia, C. R. (2003) C-peptide levels and the duration of lactational amenorrhea. Fertility and Sterility 80(4):878-880.

Valeggia, C. R. and Tola, F. (2003) The Argentine Toba. In: Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology. C. Ember and M. Ember (Eds.), Plenum/Kluwer Press, New York pp. 564-572.

Bove, R. M., Valeggia, C.R, and Ellison, P.T. (2002) Girl helpers and nursing women’s activities among the Toba of Argentina. Human Nature 13(4), 457-472.

Valeggia, C., Faulkner, K., and Ellison, P. T. (2002) Evaluación de curvas de peso en lactantes de una comunidad Toba de Formosa. Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría 100 (2), 31-36.

Valeggia, C.R. and Ellison, P.T. (2002) Energetics, Fecundity, and Human Life History. In: Biodemography of Fertility, J. Rodgers and H.P. Koehler (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 87-103.

Valeggia, C.R. and Ellison, P. T. (2001). Lactation, Energetics, and Postpartum Fecundity. In: Reproductive Ecology and Human Evolution, Peter T. Ellison (Ed.), Aldine de Gruyter, New York., pp. 85-105.

Faulkner, K., Valeggia, C.R., and Ellison, P.T. (2000) Infant growth status in a Toba community of Formosa, Argentina. Social Biology and Human Affairs, 65.1:8-19.

Fernandez-Duque, E., Valeggia, C.R., and Mason, W. A. (2000). Effects of pair-bond and social context on male-female interactions in captive titi monkeys (Callicebus moloch). Ethology, 106, 1067-1082.

Valeggia, C.R., Mendoza, S.P., Fernandez-Duque, E., Mason, W.A., and Lasley, B. (1999) Reproductive Biology of Female Titi Monkeys (Callicebus moloch). American Journal of Primatology, 47(3):183-95.

Valeggia CR, Mendoza SP, Capitanio JP. (1997) A non-radioactive assay for determination of mitogen induced proliferation of peripheral blood lymphocytes in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Boletín Primatológico Latinoamericano, 6(1):9-13.

Fernandez-Duque E, Valeggia CR. (1995) Meta-analysis: a valuable tool in conservation research. Reprinted in: Readings from Conservation Biology; To Preserve Biodiversity – An overview. Editor: David Ehrenfeld, 208-214.

Fernandez-Duque E, Valeggia CR. (1994) Meta-analysis: a valuable tool in conservation research. Conservation Biology 8(2): 555-561.

Fernandez-Duque E, Valeggia CR, Maldonado H. (1992) Multi-trial learning in the crab Chasmagnathus. Behavioral and Neural Biology 57: 189-197.

Valeggia C, Fernandez-Duque E, Maldonado H. (1989) Danger stimulus-induced analgesia in the crab Chasmagnathus granulatus. Brain Research 481:330-333.

Presentations to professional meetings

Valeggia, C. (2015) Partners in research? The complex challenge of engaging Toba/Qom people in human biology studies. 85th American Association of Physical Anthropology Meetings, St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-29.

Sancilio, A., Bribiescas, R.G., and Valeggia, C. (2015) Longitudinal Dynamics of Urinary C-Peptide during early peri-menopause in Toba Women: A preliminary analysis. 85th American Association of Physical Anthropology Meetings, St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-29.

De la Iglesia, H., Fernandez-Duque, E., Lanza, N., Golombek, D. Duffy, J.F., Czeisler, C.D., and Valeggia, C. (2015) Access to electric light is associated with shorter sleep duration in Toba communities of the Argentinean Chaco. 85th American Association of Physical Anthropology Meetings, St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-29.

Breakey,A.A., Hinde, K., Valeggia, C., Sinofsky, A. and Ellison, P.T. (2015) Illness in breastfeeding infants is related to concentration of lactoferrin and sIgA in mother’s milk. Human Biology Association Meetings, St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-29.

Klein, L.D., Huang, J., Quinn, E.A., Martin, M. Breakey, A., Schelza, B., Valeggia, C., Jasienska, G., Kaplan, H., Gurven, M. Lebrilla, C., and Hinde., K. (2014) Variation among populations in the immune protein composition of mother’s milk reflects subsistence pattern. Human Biology Association Meetings, St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-29.

Wasik, M. and Valeggia, C. (2014) Pneumonia: The most common cause of childhood hospitalization among pre-pubescent Toba/Qom girls in Argentina. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Global Health Center: Global Gender Disparities Symposium, Philadelphia, November 3-4.

Hoi, A.G., Salvante, K., Altman, R., Valeggia, C., and Nepomnaschy, P. (2014) Influence of the sex of newborn on a mother’s resumption of fertility. Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology Meetings, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, November 6-9.

Klein, L., Huang, J., Quinn, EA., Martin, M., Breakey, A., Scelza, B., Valeggia, C., Jasienska, G., Kaplan, H., Gurven, M., Lebrilla, C., and Hinde, K. (2014) Variation in the immune protein composition of mother’s milk reflects subsistence pattern. 17th Meeting of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, South Carolina, USA.

Vala-Haynes E., Valeggia, C. (2014) Variations in Contraceptive Use among Indigenous Women of South America. Meetings of the Population Association of America, Boston, May 1-3.

Cepon-Robins T.,Antón S.C., Crowder C., Duren D.I., Fernandez-Duque E., Leigh S.R., Madimenos F.C., Mcgraw W.S., Middleton E., Rainwater C.W., Schmitt C, Sherwood R.J., Stinson S., Stubblefield S., Turner T.R., Valeggia C., and Snodgrass J.J. (2014) Next steps and best practices in primatology, human biology, forensic anthropology, and paleoanthropology for the Bones and Behavior Project. 84th Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 8-12, Calgary, Canada.

Salvante K., Pyles C., Ma H., Wu C., Valeggia C., Zeng L. and Nepomnaschy P.A. (2014) A description of longitudinal changes in maternal cortisol profile across the peri-conceptional period and a discussion of their potential functions. Human Biology Association Meetings, April 6-11 Calgary, Canada.

Valeggia, C. and Phojanakong, P. (2014) Growth trajectories and infectious diseases during the peri-pubertal transition in Toba girls. 84th Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 8-12, Calgary, Canada.

Olmedo, S., Galeano, M. and Valeggia C. (2014) Social, cultural, and biological factors influencing the weaning transition in the Toba/Qom of Argentina. Human Biology Association Meetings, April 6-11 Calgary, Canada.

Valeggia C. and Phojanakong, P., Salvante, K. and Nepomnaschy, P. A. (2014) Metabolic trade-offs during the menopausal transition: Association between adiponectin, reproductive hormones, and energetic status in two populations of Argentina. Human Biology Association Meetings, April 6-11 Calgary, Canada.

Orlando, M. F., Lagranja, E. and Valeggia, C. (2013) Prevalencia de sobrepeso y obesidad en adultos de una comunidad toba periurbana de la provincia de Formosa. 1ras. Jornadas Interdisciplinarias sobre Salud y Pueblos Originarios, November 28-29, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina.

Lanza, N. and Valeggia, C. (2013). Efectos de la modernización sobre la fecundidad de seis comunidades tobas del oeste formoseño [Effects of modernization on fertility parameters in six Toba communities of Western Formosa, Argentina]. XII Jornadas Argentinas de Estudios de Población. Bahia Blanca, Argentina, October 21-23, 2013.

Raño, M., Kowalewski, M.M., and Valeggia, C. (2013) Caracterización del perfil hormonal de hembras del mono aullador negro y dorado (Alouatta caraya) en diferentes etapas reproductivas [Characterizaion of the hormonal profile of black and golden howler monkey (Alouatta caraya) females in different reproductive stages]. XI Jornadas Nacionales de Antropología Biológica, Buenos Aires, October 29 – November 1st, 2013.

Phojanakong, P., Valeggia, C., Herrine, G. and Auchincloss, A. (2013)The Influence of Nurses’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Counseling Practices on Breastfeeding Outcomes: a Philadelphia Case Study. American Association of Public Health Meetings, Boston, November.

Vala-Haynes, E. and Valeggia, C. (2013) Sexual Initiation, Marriage, and First Birth in Central America: Trends in Timing and Context. Population Association of America, New Orleans, April 11.

Phojanakong, P., McGuinness, C., Orlando, F. and Valeggia, C. (2012) Effects of infectious disease on the growth of Toba infants in northern Argentina. V Annual Global Health Symposium, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, September 22.

Lanza, N. A. and Valeggia, C. (2012) Efectos de la modernización sobre la fecundidad en una población Toba del norte de Argentina. [Effects of modernization on fertiltiy in a Toba population of northern Argentina]. Meetings of the Latin American Population Association, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 23-26, Argentina.

Lagranja, E, Navarro, A., Gandini, B. and Valeggia, C. (2012) Prevalencia de factores de riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular en adultos Tobas de Formosa, Argentina. [Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk in Toba adults of Formosa, Argentina], XV Meetings of the Latin American and Caribbean Nutritionists and Dietitians, Rosario, May 23-26, Argentina.

Vala-Haynes, E. and Valeggia C. R. (2012) Out-of-union fertility in Paraguay. Population Association of America Meetings, May 3-5, San Francisco, CA.

Valeggia, C.R., Lagranja, E., Phojanakonog, P and Navarro, A. (2012) Anthropometric and metabolic correlates of C-reactive protein in adult Toba men and women. Human Biology Association Meetings, April 10-13, Portland, OR.

McGuinness, C., Phojanakong, P. and Valeggia, C.R. (2012) Differences in urinary progesterone metabolites levels in two populations of peri-menopausal women in Argentina: Early developmental effects? 81st Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 11-14, Portland, OR.

Lanza, N. A., Valeggia, C.R. and Alfonso-Durruty, M. (2011) Análisis de los determinantes de la fecundidad de una población Toba en el siglo XX [Analysis of the determinants of fertility in a Toba population in the 20th century]. IX Meetings of the Argentine Population Studies Association, September 21-23, Neuquén, Argentina.

Valeggia, C. R. (2011) Metabolic regulation of postpartum fecundity in human females. 80th Meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 15-18, Minneapolis, MN. Published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 51, 297.

Valeggia, C. R. (2011) Obesogenic transitions: Testing models of obesity in Latin America indigenous populations. Meetings of the Human Biology Association, April 12-14, Minneapolis, MN.Burke, K., Valeggia, C. R. and Kohler, H. P. (2011) Fertility theory and evolutionary games. 80th Meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 15-18, Minneapolis, MN. Published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 51, 99.Herrine, G., McCarthy, M., Valeggia, C. (2010). Breastfeeding attitudes and intentions: Effects of a small-scale intervention in Northeastern Philadelphia. Meetings of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, November 2, San Francisco, CA. Published in Breastfeeding Medicine 5, 334.Stubblefield, P.S., Anton, S.C., Snodgrass, J.J., Crowder, C., Di Fiore A., Duren, D.L., Fernandez-Duque, E., Leonard, W.R., Leigh, S.R., Madimenos, F., McGraw, S., Middleton, E., Schmitt, C.A., Sherwood, R.J., Turner, T.R., Valeggia, C.R., and White, F.J. (2010). Integrative measurement protocols incorporating morphometric and behavioral research tools from forensic anthropology, human biology and primatology. Proc. Amer. Acad. For Sci. 16:366.

Valeggia, C. (2010) Growth and life history in indigenous children of the Argentine Gran Chaco. 79th Meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 14-17, Albuquerque, NM. Published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141, Suppl. 50:303.

Herrine, G., Romcevich, L. and Valeggia, C. (2009) Breastfeeding attitudes and intentions In an inner-city northeast Philadelphia community. Breastfeeding Medicine 4 (4) 244.

Valeggia, C., Elwarch, C. L., and Ellison, P.T. (2009) Testosterone, aging, and seasonality among Toba men of northern Argentina. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 48:259.

Burke, K.M., Valeggia, C.R., and Ellison, P.T. (2009) Magnitude of change in energy balance and duration of lactational amenorrhea among Toba women of northern Argentina. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 48:99.

Antón, S.C., Snodgrass, J.J., Crowder, C., Di Fiore, A., Duren, D.L., Fernandez-Duque, E., Leonard, W.R., Leigh, S.R., Madimenos, F.C. ,McGraw, W., Middleton, S E., Schmitt, C., Sherwood, R.J., Stinson, S., Stubblefield, P., Turner, T., Valeggia, C.R., and White, F.J. (2009). Integrative measurement protocol for morphological and behavioral research in human and nonhuman primates American. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 48: 78.

Ellison, P.T., Reiches, M., Lipson, S. F., and Valeggia, C.R. (2008) Ovarian Function across two life history transitions: Puberty and the postpartum resumption of fecundity. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 46: 95.

Lanza, N., Valeggia, C., Peláez, E. (2008) Comportamiento Reproductivo de una Población Rural Toba del Oeste Formoseño: Un análisis preliminar. [Reproductive Behavior in a rural Toba population of Western Formosa: A preliminary analysis]. Actas de las IX Jornadas Argentinas de Estudios de Población. Asociación de Estudios de Población de Argentina, p. 45.

Lanza, N., Valeggia, C., Peláez, E. (2007) Primeras Estimaciones Demográficas de una Población Toba del Oeste Formoseño. [First demographic estimations of a Toba population in Western Formosa]. Actas de las IX Jornadas Argentinas de Estudios de Población. Asociación de Estudios de Población de Argentina, p. 43.

Reiches, M. W., Valeggia, C. and Ellison, P. T. (2006). The ecology of puberty: C-peptide and anthropometry in an Eastern Toba population. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 44: 197.

Bove, R. M. and Valeggia, C. (2006). Polygyny as a social mediator of women’s health in rural and urban Mali. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 44: 79.

Ellis, P. & Valeggia, C.R. (2003). Father vs. Nonpaternal Allomothering Effects on Child Health Among the Toba of Northern Argentina. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 35: 92.

Ellison, P.T. & Valeggia, C. R. (2002). Postpartum changes in urinary C-peptide levels in relation to resumption of menses in lactating Toba women of northern Argentina. American Journal of Human Biology, 14(1): 115.

Valeggia, C.R. & Ellison, P.T. (2001). Energetics and postpartum fecundity: Changes in C-peptide levels in breastfeeding Toba women, Am. Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl.32:154.

Cohn, M. and Valeggia, C.R. (2001). Child care-taking and maternal activities in a Toba community, Formosa, Argentina.   Am. Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 32:51.

Valeggia, C.R. & Ellison, P.T. (1998). Nursing patterns, maternal energetics, and postpartum fertility among Tobas of Formosa, Argentina, Am. Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 26:54.

Valeggia, C.R., S.P. Mendoza & W.A. Mason, (1995). Reproduction in titi monkey (Callicebus moloch) female offspring: Social suppression vs Autoregulation. American Journal of Primatology, 36 (2):160.

Fernandez-Duque, E., W.A. Mason, & C.R. Valeggia, (1995). Effects of familiarity and context on interactions between heterosexual pairs of titi monkeys (Callicebus moloch). American Journal of Primatology, 36 (2):123.

Hoffman, K.A., C.R. Valeggia, S.P. Mendoza, & W.A. Mason, (1995). Responses to mature titi monkey daughters following a one month separation from their family groups. American Journal of Primatology, 36 (2):128.

Valeggia, C. R., S.P. Mendoza, E. Fernandez-Duque, & S.E. Schideler, (1994). Characterization of female titi monkey (Callicebus moloch) reproductive cycle by means of urinary steroids. Reproductive Biology, 50 (suppl. 1): 84.

Invited talks and seminars

Biosocial perspectives on current health status of Toba and Wichi populations in northern Argentina. Indigenous Well-Being Amid Socioeconomic Transformation. Broom Demography Center Workshop. University of California, Santa Barbara, March 15, 2014.

Demographic, nutritional, and epidemiological transitions in indigenous populations in Latin America. Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 9-10, 2013.

Life transitions among the Toba of Argentina, Dept. of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology, University of Georgia, Atlanta, February 22, 2013.

The Endocrinology of Life History Transitions. Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, NC, November 10, 2012.

Life history transitions among the Toba of Argentina. Program in Integrative Biology and Biomedicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, March 21, 2012.

Women’s Life Transitions: Trade-offs, Hormones and Evolution. Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, January 11, 2012.

Life history transitions: An evolutionary demography perspective. Population Studies Center and Population Aging Research Center Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, January 30,2012.

Trade-offs in life: Biocultural correlates of life history transitions. Keynote Address: XII Meetings of the Argentine Association of Biological Anthropologists, October 28, 2012, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hormones and life history transitions, Biopsychology Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, April 12, 2011.

Metabolic regulation of postpartum fecundity in human females, at the Symposium “Eating for two: maternal ecology and nutrition in human and non-human primates”, organized by K.B. H. Clancy and J.N. Rutherford at the American Association of Physical Anthropology Meeting, April 2011, Minneapolis.

Consumption of carbohydrates among the Toba of Formosa. (work co-authored with Elena Lagranja and Alicia Navarro). Presented by invitation at the XXXIII Meetings of the Argentine Chapter of the Latin American Nutrition Society, Córdoba, Argentina, October 14-16, 2010.

Making Lectures Interactive: Getting Students to Think. Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania, March 24, 2010.

Reproductive Variation in a Toba population of Argentina (work co-authored with Norberto Lanza) Seminário Latino-Americano de Demografia e Saúde dos Povos Indígenas, March 21-24, 2010, Manaus, Brazil.

Evolution and Diseases of Modern Life. Workshop on Diet and Nutrition – World Health Summit, October 13-15, 2009, Berlin, Germany.

Parasitosis in Argentine indigenous communities: An Overview. (work co-authored with Pablo Nuñez) Symposium on Latin American Indigenous People and Parasitic Infections, Latin American Parasitological Federation, Asunción, Paraguay, October 22 – 24, 2009.

Las indígenas están cambiando: The biocultural impacts of westernization on health and fertility in Latin American indigenous women. Global Gender Seminar, The Alice Paul Center, University of Pennsylvania, February 6, 2009.

Environmental uncertainty and reproductive patterns in contemporary US populations (work co-authored with Anne Grossestreuer) 2008 National Survey of Family Growth Research Conference, Washington DC, October 17-18, 2008.

Interactions between metabolic and reproductive functions in the resumption of postpartum fecundity, International Seminar on Trade-offs in Female Life Histories: Raising New Questions in an Integrative Framework, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Bristol, UK July 23-25, 2008.

Breastfeeding, nutrition and fertility in Toba women of Northern Argentina. Departmental Colloquium, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Delaware, May 20, 2008

Birth seasonality among the Toba hunter-gatherers, Latin American Working Group, Harvard University, April 2, 2008.

Incest Taboo: Evolutionary biology perspectives, discussant to Robert Paul’s talk, Freud, Franklin & Beyond Series, sponsored by the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, September 19, 2007.

Men in transition: Paternal Care Among the Toba and Wichí of Argentina. Symposium on Paternal Care, Philadelphia, March 29, 2007

The Chaco Area Reproductive Ecology Program, Animal Behavior Group, University of Pennsylvania, November 10, 2006.

Energetics and postpartum fecundity. Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, October 19, 2006.

Possible trade-offs between immune system and reproductive function. Stanford Biodemography Workshop, Napa Valley, February 9-12, 2006.

Energetics and female fecundity: Lessons from the Toba of Argentina. Population Studies Center Colloquium Series, University of Pennsylvania, November 28, 2005.

Changing times for the Argentine Toba: Who cares for the baby? Invited paper to be presented at the 2004 Biosocial Society Symposium: Alloparenting in Human Societies, London, May 7-8, 2004.

The Peoples of the Gran Chaco: Environmental influences on reproduction, nutrition and health. Department of Anthropology Seminar Series, Dept. of Anthropology, Stanford University, January 30, 2004

Workshop on Ethical Aspects of Research with Human Subjects, lecturer and coordinator, Argentine Association of Biological Anthropologists, Catamarca, Argentina, October 2003

Growth and Development in Toba Infants, 1st National Auxology Conference Roundtable, Argentine Society of Pediatrics, Buenos Aires, April 2003

Lactation and nutrition in peri-urban Toba women. Workshop on Epidemiology for Medical School Residents, Ministry of Human Development, Formosa, September 2001

Nutrition and Fertility: Changing Lifestyles and Policy Implications. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, May 2001

Advances in human reproductive ecology. Seminar offered at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, April 2001

Biosocial influences on female reproduction in titi monkeys and humans, NYCEP Seminar Series, Dept of Anthropology, New York University, New York, February 2001

Broad-audience publications

Braunstein, J.A., Valeggia, C.R., and Krebs, E., 2003. The deadly paradox of Bañado “La Estrella”. Cultural Survival Quarterly, Spring 2003, 67-69.

Valeggia, C. R. and Ellison, P. T. 2001 Nutrition, Breastfeeding, and Fertility. DRCLAS News, Harvard University, Spring 2001, 24-27.

Fernandez-Duque, E. and C.R. Valeggia, 1996.   Poster sessions: an alternative term assignment in animal behaviour courses. Animal Behaviour Newsletter, 41(4): 5.

Advising Activities

Completed theses

Emily Vala-Haynes, Doctoral Dissertation, Graduate Group in Demography, University of Pennsylvania. (2009 – present, Main Advisor)

Elena Lagranja, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Health Sciences, University of Córdoba, Argentina. (2008 – 2014, Co-directed with Dr. A. Navarro).

Jacquelina Quarín, Licenciatura in Nutrition, Universidad de la Cuenca del Plata, Formosa, Argentina. (2013, Committee Member)

Sofía Olmedo, Licenciatura in Nutrition, Universidad de la Cuenca del Plata, Formosa, Argentina. (2013, Main Advisor)

Natalie Rosen, Senior Thesis in Anthropology, U. of Pennsylvania (2013)

Dascher Branch Elliman, Senior Thesis, Anthropology Major, U. of Pennsylvania (2012)

Monika Wasik, Senior Thesis, Anthropology Major, University of Pennsylvania. (2011)

Erica Catalano, Senior Thesis, Health and Societies Major, University of Pennsylvania (2010)

Maria Rakhovskaya, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Biology, University of Pennsylvania (2006- present, Dissertation Committee Member).

Meredith Reiches,(2011) Doctoral Dissertation, Dept of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University (Dissertation Committee Member).

Melissa Gradilla, (2011) Honors Thesis, Health and Societies Major, University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren Kapsalakis, (2011) Master’s of Science Thesis, Medical Anthropology Major, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Pam Phojanakong, (2011) Master’s in Public Health, Drexel University, USA.

Shelly Joseph, (2010) Honors Thesis, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Norberto A. Lanza, (2009) Doctoral Dissertation, University of Córdoba, Argentina.

Ed Berchick, (2008), Honor’s Thesis, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Laura Romcevich, (2008) Master of Science Thesis in Medical Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Anne Grossestreuer, (2007) Master of Science Thesis in Biological Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Kimberly M. Sánchez Ocasio, (2002) Honor’s Thesis, Harvard University.

Kathryn Faulkner, (1999) Senior Honor Thesis, Emmanuel College, UK.

Riley M. Bove , (1998) Honor’s Thesis, Harvard University.

Postdoctoral fellows

Pablo A. Nuñez (2013 – present) Epidemiological analysis of maternal and infant nutritional status and its demographic and social correlates in Argentina. National Institute of Tropical Medicine, Ministry of Health, and National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) Argentina.

Jennifer Wagner (2011 – 2013) Multidisciplinary study of Race, Appearance, Ancestry, Discrimination & Prejudice, Penn Center for Integration of Genetic Health Care and Technology, School of Medicine, U. of Pennsylvania.

Marta Alfonso Durruty (2010-2011) Life-History transitions among the Toba: Database organization and management, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Norberto A. Lanza (2009-2011) Mortality Analysis in a population of Western Toba of northern Argentina, National Council for the Scientific and Technological Research, Argentina.

Ongoing theses

Mariana Raño, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Biology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. (2010 – present, Co-directed with Dr. M. Kowalewsky).

Alicia Breakey, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University (2011- present, Dissertation Committee Member)

Melanie Martin, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara (2011- present, Dissertation Committee Member)

Natalia Benitez, Master’s Thesis in Public Health, Formosa, Argentina. (2013 – present, Main Advisor)

Nahomi Aguirre, Licenciatura Thesis, U. de La Cuenca, Formosa, Argentina. (2013 – present, committee member)

Andrea Spence-Aizenberg, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. (2013 – present, committee member)

Kendall Arslanian, Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University. (2013- present, Main Advisor).

Honors and Awards

2011                        Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

1992-1994           International Peace Scholarship, P.E.O. Foundation

1992                        Outstanding Teaching Award, University of California, Davis

1991                        International Fellowship, American Association of University Women (AAUW)

1990                        Training Scholarship, Organization of American States

1990                        Travel Scholarship, Fulbright Commission

1990                        Smithsonian Fellowship, Wildlife Conservation & Management Training Program, Smithsonian Institution

Professional Activities

2013 –                                       Panel Reviewer, the Wenner-Gren Foundation

2013 –                                       Associate Researcher, Center for Integrative Science on Aging, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.

2013 –                                       Nominations and Elections Committee, Human Biology Association

2013 –                                       Associate Editor, American Journal of Physical Anthropology

2013 –                                       Review Panelist at the School for Advanced Research

2012 – 2013                          Program Committee, Human Biology Association

2010 – 2012                          Review Panelist at the National Science Foundation

2009 – present                   Member of the organizing committee of the Penn Forum for Women Faculty

2008 – present                   Executive Committee Member of the Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center, University of Pennsylvania.

2007 – Present                   Research Associate, Center for Native American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

2007- Present                     Consulting Curator, Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

2007- Present                     Global Health Advisory Board, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

2007 – Present                   Bursaries Committee, Biosocial Society, UK

2005 – Present                   Research Associate, Center for Human and Primate Reproductive          Ecology, Yale University

2004 – Present                    Committee of Overseas Members, Biosocial Society, UK

2007 – 2009                          Committee on Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

2007 – 2009                          La Casa Latina Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania

2001 – 2009                          President, Fundación ECO, Argentina

Memberships

American Anthropological Association, USA
American Association of Physical Anthropologists, USA
Asociación de Antropología Biológica de la República Argentina, Argentina
Biosocial Society, UK
Human Biology Association, USA
Human Behavior and Evolution Society. USA
International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation
Fundación E.C.O. (Ecosistemas del Chaco Oriental), Formosa, Argentina

Media Coverage

Revista Matices, April 2012 http://www.revistamatices.com.ar/index.php/entrevista/193-claudia-valeggia-biologa.html

Revista Entre Casa, “Mujeres que inspiran”, Interview, March 2012, page 60

La Nación, Community Supplement, January 2012 http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1438448-la-gran-amiga-de-los-tobas-y-los-wichis

Penn Current, November 2011http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2011-11-17/interviews/qa-claudia-valeggia

Penn News, October 2011 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-anthropologist-wins-presidential-early-career-award

La Nación, October 2011 http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1411339-importante-premio-cientifico-para-una-antropologa-argentina

Clarin, October 2011 http://www.clarin.com/tema/claudia_valeggia.html

Revista Para Ti, October 2011 http://www.parati.com.ar/nota.php?ID=12534

Languages

Spanish: Proficient (Native Language)
English: Proficient
Italian: Fluent

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