Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Hilary Bethancourt

Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University



Hilary Bethancourt is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Hilary is passionate about working toward comprehensive and integrative approaches to addressing the social inequities and modifiable diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors that negatively impact physiological, mental, and emotional well-being. She appreciates learning about the sources of biological, social, cultural, and ecological diversity that help shape each individual’s uniqueness and contribute to variable responses to a given diet, lifestyle, or stressor. She is always in pursuit of research projects that can help call attention to the need for public health and nutrition intervention programs that are adequately tailored to individuals’ and communities’ distinct needs, circumstances, and experiences. Currently Hilary is engaged in research focused on quantifying water insecurity experiences among individuals in low- and middle-income settings; identifying who is most in need of safe and reliable water access; and examining how water security relates to food security, physical health, and mental well-being.