Amanda Veile

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology
  • Amanda 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 204 Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Human Evolution  | ANTH 203 Biological Basis of Human Social Behavior          ANTH 535 Foundations of Biological Anthropology (Graduate)                  |  ANTH 392 Pregnancy, Birth and Babies 

  • 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 has broad interests in human evolutionary biology. Her PhD research at the University of New Mexico linked variation in infant feeding patterns and immune system development to energetic and epidemiologic conditions in the Bolivian Tsimane (Amazonian forager-farmers) and the Venezuelan Pumé, (savannah foragers). In her postdoctoral research at 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, and continues to study the impact of cesarean birth on the energetic trade-offs that modulate infant growth, immunological maturation, and gut microbiome assembly. 





    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Chapters

    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.


    Accepted/Under Review

    2017     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, accepted).

    2017    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, accepted).

    2017      Kramer, K, Veile, A.  “Infant Allocare in Traditional Societies.  Infants Benefit at a Low Cost to Helpers” Invited submission,                        Physiology & Behavior (Under review).

    2017     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  (Under review).



    • 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
    • Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

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