Professor of Biological Anthropology
Before coming to Hampshire, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and was a postdoctoral fellow in international nutrition at University of Connecticut and a research fellow in stress physiology at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. Goodman previously served as Hampshire's dean of faculty and the president of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). He continues to co-direct the AAA's public education project on race (understandingrace.org).
Wherever one looks, one finds an association between wealth and health. The greater an individual, family or large social group's access to resources and political power, the better their health and nutrition. As well, how, how well, and why this connection applies also varies. In this course we will start with the data showing the connections between inequalities and measuress of health such as life expectancy and infant mortality, exploring the US over time and more equitable countries. We will then focus on understanding the processes from epigenetics to pollution to implicit racisms by which inequalities and injustices are causally linked to health. We will explore the changing dynamics of race and class in relationship to health and nutrition. Ultimately, we will explore the way that inequalities in the US might be harming everyone's health and wellbeing. Key words: nutrition, health, race, inequality, biology
This course focuses on the science of human genetic and biological variation. How does variation come about in evolution? What is the evolutionary explanation, distribution, and significance of human variation in, for example, sickle cell anemia, skin color, and sports performance? We will read primary literature and consider how individuals placed in group, how are differences studied, and to what purpose. This semester we will focus on the idea of race as a genetic construct versus a lived, social reality. How did the idea of "natural" races arise, and how and why, despite fundamental scientific flaws, does this idea persist? Finally, we will examine health inequalities by race and class and the potential mechanisms by which racism and socioeconomic inequalities get "under the skin" and lead to health inequalities.