Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Dawn Neill

Funded Fellow 2005
Non-Certificate Demographic Trainee
Anthropology PhD 2007

Dawn Neill is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Cal Poly. Her specific areas of interest are human behavioral ecology, nutritional anthropology, the ecology of obesity, and urban anthropology in South Asia, Fiji, and the US.  She has worked with Bengali and tribal Khasi Indians, Indo-Fijians, and public school children in Louisiana and Washington.

In teaching, as with research, she tries to convey a broad interdisciplinary perspective.  She feels that contextualizing anthropology and health in terms of ecology and evolution facilitates greater learning of the specific issue at hand, and also provides students a framework with which to approach learning in general.  This methodology fosters critical thinking skills and the application of a holistic framework that advances students’ abilities to understand multiple perspectives and to succeed in a rapidly changing, global environment.