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Daniel Hruschka

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Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Dr. Hruschka studies culture change and the relationship between culture and behavior.  His two main research questions focus on how we stay healthy in diverse social environments and how humans cooperate.  For the last 10 years, he has been conducting research on these questions in rural Bangladesh.  To complement this work with a broader global perspective, he also analyzes large-scale datasets on the social determinants of health worldwide.

Dr. Hruschka teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Culture and Health: Medical Anthropology, Society & Drugs, Introduction to Global Health and Health: Social and Biocultural Theories. He also serve as a committee member in the graduate program.

Education

Postdoctoral Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, 2006-2009

Ph.D., Emory University, 2006

M.P.H., Emory University, 2003

Research Interests

Culture change and behavior, global health, maternal and child health, the co-evolution of social institutions and behavior, mathematical modeling, field methods, medical and biocultural anthropology; Bangladesh , Mongolia .

Publications

Cooperation & In-group Favoritism

 

  1. Hruschka DJ.  (2010) Friendship: Development, Ecology and Evolution of a Social Relationship. University of California Press. 
  2. Tiokhin L, Hruschka DJ. No evidence that Ebola outbreak influenced voting preferences in 2014 elections, after controlling for autocorrelation in time series. Psychological Science.
  3. Hadley CM, Hruschka DJ. Stability And Change In In-Group Mate Preferences Among Young People In Ethiopia Are Predicted By Food Security And Gender Attitudes, But Not Expected Pathogen Exposures. Human Nature.
  4. Hackman J, Munira S, Jesmin K, Hruschka DJ (2017). Revisiting psychological mechanisms in the anthropology of altruism. Human Nature.
  5. Hackman J, Danvers A, Hruschka DJ (2015). Closeness is enough for friends, but not mates or kin:  mate and kinship premiums in India and U.S. Evolution and Human Behavior. 36: 137-145.
  6. Hruschka DJ, C Efferson, T Jiang, A Falletta-Cowden, S Sigurdsson, R McNamara, M Sands, S Munira, E Slingerland, and J Henrich (2014).  Impartial institutions, parasite stress and the expanding social network. Human Nature. 25:4, 567-579.
  7. Hruschka DJ, Hackman J (2014). When are cross-group differences a product of a human behavioral immune system? Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. 8:4, 265-273.
  8. Hruschka DJ, Henrich J (2013). Economic and evolutionary hypotheses for cross-population variation in parochialism.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7, 559.
  9. Hruschka DJ, Henrich J (2013). Institutions, parasites and the persistence of in-group preferences. PLOS ONE. 8:5, e63642.
  10. Hackman J, Hruschka DJ. (2013). Fast life histories, not pathogens, account for U.S. state-level variation in homicide, maltreatment, family ties, and religiosity. Evolution and Human Behavior. 34:2, 118-124.

 

Global Monitoring of Healthy Growth, Obesity, and Undernutrition

 

  1. Hruschka DJ, Hadley C (2016). How much do universal anthropometric standards bias the global monitoring of obesity and undernutrition? Obesity Reviews. 17 (11), 1030-1039.
  2. Hruschka DJ, Hagaman A* (2015).  The physiological costs of reproduction among rich and poor in 65 countries.  American Journal of Human Biology. 27: 5, 654-659.
  3. Hruschka DJ, Hadley C, Brewis A, Stojanowski C (2015). Genetic population structure accounts for ecogeographic rules in tropic and subtropic dwelling humans. PLOS ONE. 10(3): e0122301.
  4. Hadley CM, Hruschka DJ. Testing Ecological and Universal Models of Body Shape and Child Health Using a Global Sample of Infants and Young Children. Annals of Human Biology.
  5. Trainer S†, Brewis A, Hruschka DJ, Williams D (2015). Translating Obesity: Navigating the Front Lines of the “War on Fat." American Journal of Human Biology. 27: 61-68.
  6. Hruschka DJ, Hadley C, Brewis A. (2014) Disentangling basal and accumulated body mass for cross-population comparisons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 153:4, 542-550.
  7. Hadley C, Hruschka DJ (2014) Population level differences in adult body mass emerge in infancy and early childhood: Evidence from a global sample of low and lower-income countries. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 154:2, 232-238.
  8. Maupin J, Hruschka DJ (2014). Assessing the Accuracy of Two Proxy Measures for BMI in a Semi-rural, Low-Resource Setting in Guatemala. BMC Public Health. 14, 973.
  9. Hruschka DJ, Brewis AA (2013). Absolute wealth and world region strongly predict overweight among women (ages 18-49) in 360 populations across 36 developing countries. Economics and Human Biology. 11:3, 337-344.
  10. Hruschka DJ, Rush E, Brewis AA (2013).  Accounting for population differences in the relationship between height, weight and fat mass: an application of Burton’s model.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 151:1, 68-76.
  11. Hruschka DJ (2012). Do economic constraints on food choice make people fat? A critical review of two hypotheses for the poverty-obesity paradox.  American Journal of Human Biology. 24:3, 277-285.

 

Global Monitoring of Household Poverty & Wealth

 

  1. Kaiser B, Hruschka DJ, Hadley C. Measuring wealth in low-income settings: A conceptual and how-to guide. American Journal of Human Biology.
  2. Hruschka DJ, Gerkey D, Hadley C (2015). Estimating the Absolute Wealth of Households. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 93: 483-490.

 

 

Culture, Social Networks & Health

 

  1. Voytyuk M*, Hruschka DJ (2017). Accounting for cross-cultural variation in perceptions of healthy eating.  Journal of Cognition and Culture.
  2. Kagawa Singer M, Dressler W, George S, Baquet CR, Bell RA, Burhansstipanov L, Burke NJ, Dibble S, Elwood W, Garro L, Gravlee CC, Guarnaccia P, Hecht ML, Henderson J, Hruschka DJ, Lewis-Fernandez R, Like R, Mouton C, Myers HF, Page JP, Pasick R, Pescosolido B, Schoenberg N, Stoner B, Strayhorn G, Szalacha L, Trimble J, Weisner TS, Williams D (2016). Culture: the missing link in health research. Social Science and Medicine. 170: 237-246.
  3. Bruening M, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Brewis A, Laska MN, Todd M, Hruschka DJ, Schaefer DR, Whisner CM, Dunton G (2016). Longitudinal social networks impacts on weight and weight-related behaviors assessed using mobile-based ecological momentary assessments: Study Protocols for the SPARC study. BMC Public Health. 16:901.
  4. Edmonds JK†, Hruschka DJ, Bernard HR, Sibley L (2012). Women’s social networks and birth attendant decisions: application of the network episode model. Social Science and Medicine. 74:3 452-459.
  5. Hruschka DJ, Brewis AA, Wutich A, Morin B* (2011).  Shared norms and their explanation for the social contagion of obesity. American Journal of Public Health. 101:S295–S300.
  6. Brewis A, Hruschka DJ, Wutich A (2011). Vulnerability to fat-stigma in women's everyday relationships. Social Science and Medicine. 73:4, 491-497.
  7. Kohrt BA, Hruschka DJ (2010). Nepali concepts of psychological trauma: the role of idioms of distress and ethnopsychology in alleviating suffering and preventing stigma. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. 34:2, 322-352.
  8. Hruschka DJ (2009). Culture as an explanation in population health. Annals of Human Biology.  36:3, 235-247.
  9. Sibley LM, Hruschka DJ, Kalim N, Khan J, Paul M, Edmonds JK, Koblinsky MA (2009). Cultural theories of postpartum bleeding Matlab, Bangladesh: implications for community health intervention.  Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition. 27:3, 379-390.
  10. Brown RA, Hruschka DJ, Worthman CM (2009). Cultural models and fertility timing among Cherokee and white youth in Appalachia: beyond the mode. American Anthropologist. 111:4, 420-431.
  11. Hruschka DJ & Hadley C (2008). A glossary of culture in epidemiology. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 62:11, 947-51.

 

 

Modeling cultural variation and change

  1. Hruschka DJ, Branford S, Smith ED, Wilkins J, Meade A, Pagel M, Bhattacharya T (2015). Detecting regular sound changes in linguistics as events of concerted evolution. Current Biology. 25: 1-9.
  2. Hruschka DJ, Burger O (2016). How does variance in fertility change over the demographic transition? Philosophical Transactions B. 371 (1692), 20150155.
  3. Hruschka DJ, Maupin J (2013). Competence, Agreement, and Luck: Testing Whether Some People Agree More with a Cultural Truth than Do Others. Field Methods. 25:2, 107-123.
  4. Hruschka DJ, Christiansen M, Blythe R, Croft W, Heggarty P, Mufwene S, Pierrehumbert J, Poplack S (2009).  Building social cognitive models of language change. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 13:11, 464-469.
  5. Hruschka DJ (2009). Defining cultural competence in context: diversity in friendship norms among U.S. high school students. Ethos. 37:2, 205-224.
  6. Hruschka DJ, Sibley LM, Kalim N, & Edmonds JK (2008). When there is more than one answer key: Cultural theories of postpartum hemorrhage in Matlab, Bangladesh. Field Methods. 20:4, 315-27.

 

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 395Topics in Comparative Culture
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
SSH 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 510Health: Social BioculturalThry
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
ASB 395Topics in Comparative Culture
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
SSH 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 583Fieldwork
ASB 584Internship
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
ASB 395Topics in Comparative Culture
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
SSH 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 497Honors Colloquium
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 510Health: Social BioculturalThry
SSH 510Health: Social BioculturalThry
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 583Fieldwork
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
SSH 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 512Soc Sci Applications Comm Hlth
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 404Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
ASB 484Internship
SSH 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SSH 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 100Introduction to Global Health
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 404Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
ASB 462Medical Anthro: Culture/Health
ASB 484Internship
SSH 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
SSH 593Applied Project
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations

Hruschka teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Culture and Health: Medical Anthropology, Society & Drugs, Introduction to Global Health and Health: Social and Biocultural Theories. Hruschka also serves as a committee member in the graduate program.

Editorships

Associate Editor. Evolution and Human Behavior. Journal Editor, Robert Kurzban (2013-present)

 

Editorial Board Member. Field Methods (2012-present)

 

Service

Board Member-At-Large. Evolutionary Anthropology Society (2015-2018)