Amanda Veile

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology
  • Amanda Veile studied Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of New Mexico (Ph.D. 2011), then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. She held teaching appointments (UMass Boston and Dartmouth College) before joining the faculty at Purdue University in 2015.

    Faculty Associate: Center on Aging and the Life Course

Department Information

Anthropology // Faculty

Office Information

  • Courses

  • Fall 2018: Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Human Evolution (ANTH 204)

  • Specialization

    • Evolution of the Human Life Course
    • Human Reproductive and Behavioral Ecology
    • 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, the Claire Garber Goodman Fund (Dartmouth College), the Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).


    Peer-Reviewed Publications

    • 2018| Martin, M, Veile, A, Valeggia, C. "Birth mode and infectious morbidity risks in indigenous Qom children of Argentina." American Journal of Human Biology (under review for special cesarean birth issue).
    • 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 Human Biology (under review for special cesarean birth issue).
    • 2018| Veile, A. "An Overview of Hunter Gatherer Diets and Human Behavioral Evolution.”  In early view, Physiology & Behavior.
    • 2018| Kramer, K, Veile, A.  “Infant Allocare in Traditional Societies. Infants Benefit at a Low Cost to Helpers” Physiology & Behavior, 193A: 117-126. 
    • 2018| Veile, A, Kramer, K.  “Pregnancy, Birth   and   Babies: Motherhood and Modernization in a Yucatec Village.” Schwartz, David (editor). In: "Maternal Death and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity Among Indigenous Women in Mexico and Central America. An Anthropological, Epidemiological and Biomedical Approach." Springer.
    • 2018| Inderstrodt, J, Veile, ABook Review: Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.
    • 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.
    • 2017| Veile, A, Kramer, K. “Shifting Weanling’s Optimum:  Breastfeeding Ecology and Infant Health in Yucatán.” Palmquist, Aunchalee, Tomori, Cecilia, Quinn, Elizabeth (editors). In: Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches. Routledge Books. 
    • 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. 



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