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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
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

 

Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
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Office: Matthews Center 203M

 

 

 


 

 

SHESC Themes: Biocultural Dimensions of Global Health; Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity

 

Field Specializations: Medical anthropology, biocultural anthropology

 

Regional Focus: South Asia, Central Asia

 

 

 

Education

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, 2006-2009

 

Ph.D., Emory University, 2006

 

M.P.H., Emory University, 2003

 

 

 

Research

 


Dan 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.

 

 

 

   

 

Teaching

 

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

 

 

 

Recent Publications

 

Books

 

Hruschka DJ.  2010.  Friendship: Development, Ecology, and Evolution of a Social Relationship. U niversity of California Press. 

 

Articles

 


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.

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.

London D*, Hruschka DJ. Helminths and human ancestral immune ecology: What is the evidence for high helminth loads among foragers? American Journal of Human Biology. 26:2, 124-129.

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.

Hruschka DJ, Henrich J (2013). Economic and evolutionary hypotheses for cross-population variation in parochialism.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7, 559.

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.

Hruschka DJ, Henrich J (2013). Institutions, parasites and the persistence of in-group preferences. PLOS ONE. 8:5, e63642

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

 

Pervin J, Rahman M, Rahshid H, Razzaque A, Koblinsky M, Moran A, Hruschka DJ, Rahman A (2012). Association of antenatal care with delivery practice and perinatal mortality in a rural setting in Bangladesh. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 12, 111

Kohrt B, Hruschka DJ, Kunz RD, Baldwin JL, Upadhaya N, Sharma VD, Nepal MK, Koirala S, Thapa S, Tol WA, Jordans MJD, Rodkin N, Worthman CM (2012). Political violence and mental health in Nepal: a prospective study.  British Journal of Psychiatry.  11, 268-75.

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.

Rahman A, Moran A, Pervin J, Rahman A, Rahman M, Yeasmin S, Begum H, Rashid H, Yunus M, Hruschka DJ, Arifeen S, Streatfield PK, Sibley L, Bhuiya A, Koblinsky M (2012). Effectiveness of an integrated approach to reduce perinatal mortality: Recent experiences from Matlab, Bangladesh. BMC Public Health. 11:914, 1-14.

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.

Brewis A, Hruschka DJ, Wutich A (2011). Vulnerability to fat-stigma in women's everyday relationships. Social Science and Medicine. 73:4, 491-497.

 

 

 

Recent Grants

 

National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Program. BCS-1150813 . CAREER: Social Closeness, Helping and Neglect: Examining the Roots of Favoritism in Rural Bangladesh, 2012-2017 (DJ Hruschka, PI, $505K). Jointly funded by Social Psychology Program and Decision, Risk, and  Management Sciences Program.

 

National Science Foundation, REG Supplement for Graduate Student, J. Hackman. 2013-2014. $5K.

 

National Science Foundation (BCS-1150813 ), REU Supplement for Undergraduate Student, M. Sands. 2012-2013. $4K.

 

National Institutes of Health ( 13054157 ) , The Role of Friendship Networks on BMI and Behaviors among College Freshmen. 2013-2017. (M Bruening, PI, with multiple co-Is, DJ Hruschka, co-I, $1,250K)

 

School of Advanced Research and National Science Foundation. The Evolutionary Demography of Fertility: the Influence of Social Networks.” Funding for Short Research Team Seminar, 2012 (M Shenk, R Sear, DJ Hruschka, co-PIs).

 

New Science of Virtues Grant, University of Chicago and Templeton Foundation. Virtues in conflict: a cross-cultural study of virtue dilemmas and their resolution, 2010-2012 (DJ Hruschka, PI; J Henrich, C Efferson, co-PIs, $215K).

 

 

 

 

 

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
  • Jordan FM, van Schaik C, Francois P, Gintis H, Haun D, Hruschka DJ, Janssen MA, Kitts JA, Lehmann L, Mathew S, Richerson PJ, Turchin P, Wiessner P. Cultural Evolution of the Structure of Human Groups. Cultural Evolution (2013).
  • Daniel Hruschka. Friendship: Development, Ecology and Evolution of a Relationship. (2010).
Research Activity
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
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SSH 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
SSH 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SSH 493Honors Thesis
SSH 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 510Health: Social BioculturalThry
SSH 510Health: Social BioculturalThry
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SSH 790Reading and Conference
SSH 792Research
ASB 792Research
SSH 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Hruschka DJ, Hagaman A. Breast-Feeding, Inter-Birth Intervals, and Household Budgets: A Biodemographic Framework for Linking Changes in Fertility and Obesity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Population Association Meetings (Apr 2013).
  • D Hruschka. Commentary. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center catalyst meeting. Human Cooperation. Durham, NC (Apr 2013).
  • Ashlan Falletta-Cowden, Judy Newland, Peter Banko, Richard Toon, Dan Hruschka. Choosing the Good. Exhibit on faculty research at the ASU Museum of Anthropology (Feb 2012).
  • Ashlan Falletta-Cowden, Judy Newland, Peter Banko, Richard Toon, Dan Hruschka. Choosing the Good. Exhibit on faculty research at the ASU Museum of Anthropology (Feb 2012).
  • Wutich A., Hruschka D.J. Re-envisioning Culture: Challenging Legacies and Shifting Tidemarks in the Study of Human Diversity (Co-invited by Biological Anthropology Section and Scientific Anthropology Section). American Anthropology Association Meetings (Nov 2011).
  • Hruschka, D.J. Disentangling socially learned ideas and behavior: case studies of body ideals and vaccine beliefs. American Anthropology Association Meetings (Nov 2011).
  • Hruschka, D.J. Friendship: In search of a human relationship. Speaker series at UNLV (Apr 2011).
  • Hruschka, D.J. Virtues in Conflict. Science of Virtues Symposium (Mar 2011).
  • Hruschka D.J., Wutich A., Brewis A. Dynamic Models of Cultural Diversity. workshop at Arizona State University (Feb 2011).
  • Daniel Hruschka, Amber Wutich, Alexandra Brewis. Parsing the Complex Whole without losing it: understanding the dynamic role of culture in health and environmental research. American Anthropology Association meetings (Nov 2010).
  • D. Hruschka. What roles do advocacy and science play in evolutionary anthropology?. American Anthropology Association meetings (Nov 2010).
  • D. Hruschka. Virtues in Conflict Workshop. Virtues in Conflict Workshop (Nov 2010).
  • D. Hruschka. Friendship: The Inner Workings of a Network Tie. Invited lecture at Stanford University (Apr 2010).
  • D. Hruschka. Virtues in Conflict: A cross-cultural study of virtue dilemmas and their resolution. Science of Virtues Symposium (Jan 2010).
  • DJ Hruschka. The "culture" label and its influence on health-related treatment and policy. American Anthropology Association Meetings (Dec 2009).
  • DJ Hruschka, BA Kohrt. HOW CATEGORIES AFFECT CARE: EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES OR LIMITING CARE IN HEALTH POLICY AND CLINICAL SERVICES. American Anthropology Association Meetings (Dec 2009).