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Wenda Trevathan is Regents Professor (Emerita) of Anthropology at New Mexico State University.
She is a biological anthropologist and received her doctorate in anthropology from the University
of Colorado-Boulder. Her international experience includes a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in the
Philippines and four previous voyages with the Semester at Sea. Her research focuses on the evolutionary
and biocultural factors underlying human reproduction including childbirth, maternal behavior, infancy,
and sexuality; primary publications include works on childbirth and evolutionary medicine. She teaches
courses in nutritional anthropology, medical anthropology, general anthropology, and anthropology of
reproduction. She has received awards for teaching and research from New Mexico State University and
is the recipient of the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the
Society for Applied Anthropology. She serves on the editorial board of the American Anthropologist and
Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. Her most recent book is Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How
Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health (Oxford University Press, 2010), which is based, in part, on a
course she taught on Semester at Sea in 2009.