Amanda Veile

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology
  • Dr. Veile studied Anthropology and Biology at the University of New Mexico (B.S. 2004, M.S. 2006, and Ph.D. 2011), and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. She joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2015.

    Faculty Associate: Center on Aging and the Life Course

Department Information

Anthropology // Faculty

Office Information

  • Courses

    • ANTH 203: Biological Basis of Human Social Behavior 
    • ANTH 204: Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Human Evolution 
    • ANTH 336: Human Variation       
    • ANTH 392: Pregnancy, Birth and Babies 
    • ANTH 436: Human Evolution
    • ANTH 535: Foundations of Biological Anthropology (Graduate)   


  • Specialization

    • Evolution of Human Life Course
    • Human Reproductive and Behavioral Biology
    • Immuno-Nutritional Development of Infants and Children
    • Lactation and Evolutionary Obstetrics
    • Latin American Indigenous Health


    Dr. Veile conducts research in human evolutionary biology. Her PhD research (University of New Mexico) linked infant feeding patterns and immunological maturation to energetic and epidemiologic conditions in the Bolivian Tsimane (Amazonian forager-farmers) and the Venezuelan Pumé, (savannah foragers). In her postdoctoral research (Harvard University), she examined infant diets and adaptive growth strategies in Yucatec Maya subsistence farmers. Her current project examines the biological causes and consequences of rising cesarean birth rates in modernizing Latin America indigenous communities. In the Yucatec Maya, she has launched an investigation of rising cesarean delivery rates, infant growth, immunological maturation, and gut microbiome assembly. 

    Veile's research has been funded by The National Science Foundation, Harvard University Society of Fellows, Harvard University FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Claire Garber Goodman Fund (Dartmouth College), Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.



    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Chapters

    2018     Veile, A, Kramer, K.  “Pregnancy, Birth   and   Babies: Motherhood and Modernization in a Yucatec Village.” Schwartz, David                   (editor). Chapter: Maternal Health, Pregnancy-Related Morbidity and Death Among Indigenous Women of Mexico & Central                       America: An  Anthropological, Epidemiological and Biomedical Approach. Springer (Invited submission, in press).

    2018    Inderstrodt, J, Veile, A. “Book Review: Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative                      Justice.” The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (Invited submission).

    2018     Kramer, K, Veile, A.  “Infant Allocare in Traditional Societies.  Infants Benefit at a Low Cost to Helpers” Invited submission,                        Physiology & Behavior (in press).

    2017     Veile, A, Kramer, K. “Shifting Weanling’s Optimum:  Breastfeeding Ecology and Infant Health in Yucatán.” Palmquist,                                Aunchalee, Tomori, Cecilia, Quinn, Elizabeth (editors). Chapter: Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches. Routledge                    Books (Invited submission).

    2017     Veile, A, Kramer, K. “Childhood body mass is positively associated with cesarean birth in Yucatec Maya subsistence farmers”                   American Journal of Human Biology, 29:e22920.

    2016    Kramer, K, Veile, A, Otárola-Castillo, E. “Sibling competition & growth tradeoffs. Biological vs statistical significance.”   PloS                      One 3/3/16.

    2015    Veile, A, Kramer, K. “Changing Birth and Breastfeeding Dynamics in a Modernizing Indigenous Community,” Journal of Human                  Lactation, 30:1 145- 155.

    2014    Veile, A, Martin, M, McAllister, L, Gurven, M.  “Modernization is Associated with Intensive Breastfeeding in the Bolivian                              Amazon.” Social Science and Medicine, 100: 148-158.

    2012    Veile, A, Winking, J, Gurven, M, Greaves, R, Kramer, K. “Infant Growth and the Thymus: Data from Two South American                          Native Societies.” American Journal of Human Biology 24: 768-775.


    Under Review

    2018    Veile, A, Valeggia, C, Kramer, K. “Cesarean Birth and the Growth of Yucatec Maya and Toba/Qom Infants and Young Children.”               American Journal of Physical Anthropology .


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