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Claudia Valeggia, PhD

Professor of Anthropology; Chair, Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies; Vice-President, Executive Committee; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Contact Information

Claudia Valeggia, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    10 Sachem Street, Department of Anthropology

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States


I am originally from Argentina, from where I received my degree in biology. I got my PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1996. I then went on to do a postdoc on women's reproductive biology at Harvard University and in 2005 I joined the Department of Anthropology at Penn. In 2014, I was appointed as a Professor of Anthropology at Yale University.

My work is primarily concerned with the interactions between human reproductive biology and the social and cultural context in which it develops. Some of the topics I have explored are the determinants of the return to postpartum fecundity, the variation in reproductive hormonal levels within and between women in relation to environmental variables, growth and development patterns in infants and children, and metabolic health in populations experiencing drastic lifestyle changes. My research interests include human reproductive ecology, reproductive endocrinology, maternal and child health, and the health of indigenous populations in Latin America.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Harvard University (2001)
  • PhD
    UC Davis, Animal Behavior (1996)
  • MS
    Universidad de Buenos Aires, Biology (1988)


  • Research
    Formosa, Formosa Province, Argentina; Pozo de Maza, Formosa Province, Argentina 1997
    Research on women's reproductive health, child growth, and metabolic health of indigenous peoples in Argentina

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social SciencesYale University2020
RAICES Award for International Cooperation in Science, Technology, and InnovationNational Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Argentina2015
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)Office of the President of the United States of America2011

Professional Service

Human Biology AssociationExecutive Committee Member2017 - Present
American Association of Physical AnthropologyAssociate Editor2013 - Present

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