Dr. Hruschka's work asks how we as humans make our culture and how culture makes us human. How does our culture influence the way we face tough ethical decisions or deal with serious illness? How do we transform culture by the force of both our best efforts and our unintentional actions? He approaches these questions as an anthropologist, but he borrows pragmatically from across the social sciences, adapting and developing the tools—qualitative and quantitative, observational and experimental, analytical and agent-based—that are best suited for each specific question. Much of his work focuses on developing novel ways of framing and testing the wealth of hypotheses in the social sciences about two specific questions—how humans stay healthy and how humans cooperate.
Bruening, M., P. Ohri-Vachaspati, A. Brewis, M. Laska, M. Todd, D. Hruschka, D. R. Schaefer, C. M. Whisner and G. Dunton. 2016. Longitudinal social networks impacts on weight and weight-related behaviors assessed using mobile-based ecological momentary assessments: Study protocols for the SPARC study. BMC Public Health 16:901. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3536-5. (link )
Hruschka, D. J., C. Hadley, A. A. Brewis and C. M. Stojanowski. 2015. Genetic population structure accounts for contemporary ecogeographic patterns in tropic and subtropic-dwelling humans. PLOS One 10(3):e0122301. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122301. (link )
Trainer, S., A. Brewis, D. Hruschka and D. Williams. 2015. Translating obesity: Navigating the front lines of the "war on fat". American Journal of Human Biology 27(Jan/Feb):61=68. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22623. (link )
Hruschka, D. J., C. Hadley and A. A. Brewis. 2014. Disentangling basal and accumulated body mass for cross-population comparisons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153(4):542-550. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22452. (link )
Hruschka, D. J. and A. A. Brewis. 2013. Absolute wealth and world region strongly predict overweight among women (ages 18-49) in 360 populations across 36 developing countries. Economics & Human Biology 11(3):337-344. DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2012.01.001. (link )
Hruschka, D. J., E. C. Rush and A. A. Brewis. 2013. Population differences in the relationship between height, weight, and adiposity: An application of Burton’s model. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151(1):68-76. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22258. (link )
Brewis, A. A., D. J. Hruschka and A. Y. Wutich. 2011. Vulnerability to fat-stigma in women's everyday relationships. Social Science and Medicine 73:491-497.
Hruschka, D. J., A. A. Brewis, A. Y. Wutich and B. Morin. 2011. Shared norms provide limited explanation for the social clustering of obesity. American Journal of Public Health 101(S1):S295-S300. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300053 . (link )
McAlister, A., J. Rosales Chavez, A. Y. Wutich, A. A. Brewis, C. Roberts, J. Maupin, D. J. Hruschka and M. Boggess. 2014. Ethnotheories of climate change and disease. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
McAlister, A., A. Y. Wutich, A. A. Brewis Slade, J. Maupin, D. J. Hruschka, L. White and C. M. Roberts. 2013. Global convergences and divergences in ethnotheories of climate change and disease. Poster presented at the 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, 11 January 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )