Richard Steckel

Professor Emeritus of Economics

Richard H. Steckel is a Distinguished University Professor and a pioneer of anthropometric history, a field that employs height, weight, and even skeletal remains to understand the evolution of human health. He has published 5 books and over 100 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, and his research has been discussed as a feature article in TIME. Reports on his work have also appeared in Science, The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Der Spiegel, NPR, Dutch radio, and other major news outlets. He has been invited to speak over 50 times in the past decade at conferences and universities, including an appearance as plenary speaker at the 2011 DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) conference. Two major strands of his research include the health of African Americans under slavery and freedom, and the evolution of health since the Neolithic Revolution.