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Rick Smith

I am interested in the ways that social and political power structures shape human biology in both ancient and contemporary societies. In archaeological populations, my work focuses on reconstructing the genetic and epigenetic effects of social violence and political transformation across the rise and decline of ancient states in Central and South America. In contemporary populations, my work focusses on the genetic and epigenetic effects of American settler colonialism across class, gender, ethnic, and racial divides.

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