Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Susan Schaffnit

Postdoctoral Scholar, Anthropology
University of California - Santa Barbara


Susan Schaffnit is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Anthropology at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Schaffnit’s research is interdisciplinary, pulling on methods and theory from evolutionary anthropologydemography, and population health science. At the base of her work is a desire to understand variability in human health, family structures, and life transitions into marriages, parenthood, and adulthood. Using both quantitative and qualitative research tools, she has explored these topics in isolation and in relation to one another through a diversity of projects.

Dr. Schaffnit is currently conducting research on early marriage and women’s health and wellbeing in northwest Tanzania. Previously, Dr. Schaffnit earned her PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where she worked with a team to evaluate the impact of the DREAMS partnership to reduce incidence of HIV among adolescent girls and young women in subSaharan Africa.