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Emily Moes


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Emily Moes, PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, traveled to Mexico City, Mexico in 2018 to research the effects of structural violence and stratified inequality on health outcomes and biological adaptation within children from the Colonial Period in Mexico City. Her research shows how group membership in Colonial Mexico City structured inequality in access to resources and how the subsequent impact of structural violence drove variation in biological adaptations. She evaluated Castas group membership, developmental stress, and impacts of violence on the skeleton to address her research questions. Her project highlights how the social structures in place in Colonial Mexico defined the group identities of children and subsequent disruptions to their health.