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Cynthia Taylor



M.A., University of Arizona

Biocultural Anthropology, Human Variation, Primate Ecology

Cynthia Taylor is a biological anthropologist with interests in biocultural approaches to health and disease, human variation and adaptability, and primate behavior and ecology. Since completing her degree in anthropology at the University of Arizona, Cynthia has gained research and field experience through La Suerte Biological Field Station in Costa Rica, the Gwembe Tonga Research Project, the University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, and Santa Clara University's Archaeology Lab.

Courses taught: APG 201, APG 350, APG 412



News & Announcements

New Faculty in Sociology:

Julie Keller Julie C. Keller has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to URI, Professor Keller was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College.


Early Career Faculty Research Award

For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award.

Assistant Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!

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