Dr. Taylor van Doren is a biocultural anthropological pandemic researcher with strong interests in social inequalities, demography, and population health as they pertain to pandemic events. Her dissertation research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Raymond White Dissertation Writing Fellowship at the University of Missouri. In 2021, she was an American Journal of Public Health Think Tank Fellow.

Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center in Sitka, Alaska, where she studies COVID-19 impacts and resilience in rural Southeast Alaska communities with the funding of an NSF RAPID grant.

The through-line of all of my research is the inextricable relationship between biology and culture in the risk of morbidity and mortality of human infectious diseases. The importance of this research is currently punctuated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in the sense that historical pandemics, such as the 1918 influenza pandemic, hold many keys to understanding concurrent and post-pandemic morbidity and mortality patterns of other critical infections such as tuberculosis, the determinants of social inequality leading to differential risk, and sex- and gender-based differences in risk.

Broad Research Interests

Biocultural perspectives on health and disease
Demographic & epidemiologic transitions
Co-morbidities, syndemics, culture
Demography, mortality
Social inequalities
Population health
1918 influenza pandemic
Tuberculosis epidemiology
Newfoundland
Alaska

Taylor in the Media
Sausage of Science Podcast (Human Biology Association) Hackademics Panel
Revisiting the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918
Why write an honors thesis?



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University of Missouri
Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO
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