Morgan Hoke

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

429 University Museum


My research interests lie in understanding the ways in which ecological, sociopolitical, and economic environments become embodied through biocultural processes that extend across generations and how changes in those environments affect human health and people’s ability to meet their basic needs. I am a biocultural anthropologist with an active field and laboratory research program. I currently serve as the director of the Biocultural Anthropology Methods Laboratory (BAMLab) at Penn. My current research is situated in the community of Nuñoa located in the southern Peruvian Andes and employs both ethnographic and biological methodologies to examine the political ecology of health in a community undergoing rapid economic, nutritional, and environmental transition.



Ph.D. Anthropology, Northwestern University, 2017; MPH: Northwestern University, 2017; BA: Anthropology & Hispanic Studies, Columbia University, 2008.

Office Hours

Tuesday 1-3, Wednesday 3:30-5

Research Interests

Biological Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Political Ecology, Social Inequalities in Health, Human Biology, Biocultural Approaches, Climate Change, Water Insecurity, Growth, Infancy, Nutrition, Intestinal Permeability, Plasticity, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Political Economy of Health, Demography, Intergenerational Perspectives, High Altitude Adaptation, the Andes, Latin America, North America.

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

ANTH 143 Being Human: Biology, Culture, and Human Diversity 

ANTH 244 Disease and Human Evolution

ANTH 249 Evolutionary Medicine 

ANTH 359 Nutritional Anthropology

ANTH 444 Human Growth and Development

ANTH 733 Colloquium: Food


Axilrod Faculty Fellow - Population Studies Center (PSC)



Faculty Status