(June 2012) The Population and Poverty (PopPov) Research Network brings together
researchers who are examining how population dynamics affect economic
outcomes, primarily in African countries. The overarching vision is one
of a Network where results, methodological advances, and policy impacts
are shared across research teams and eventually translated into policy
Claudia Valeggia is associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Valeggia's research focuses on the interactions between human reproductive biology and the ecological and cultural context in which it develops. In this interview, Valeggia describes her research on reproductive biology and how it helps us understand the aging process, how biology and culture interplay to determine reproductive patterns, and the policy implications of this research.