MadimenosFelicia Madimenos
Ph.D, University of Oregon

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College-CUNY

Office: Powdermaker Hall 312C
Phone: (718) 997-5637
Fax: (718) 997-2885


Felicia Madimenos is broadly trained biological anthropologist whose research focuses on human variation in health and how evolutionarily novel factors shape human biology. Since 2007, she has conducted fieldwork in Amazonian Ecuador, and currently serves as Co-Director of the Shuar Health and Life History Project. The project focuses on a number of different dimensions of health, subsistence, economy, and demography among the Shuar forager-horticulturalists. Many Shuar, as is common in developing regions, are currently experiecing rapid integration into a market economy. Her research documents the biological consequences of this transition while highlighting the ways in which local ecological conditions shape Shuar life history. Madimenos' work has implications for the evolution of health and disease and allows for a better understanding of chronic disease risk in industrialized countries.

Research Focus:
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Medicine
  • Epidemiological Transitions
  • Skeletal Health
  • Indigenous Health and Market Integration

Courses Taught:
  • Intro to Human Evolution (ANTH 102)
  • Essentials of Biological Anthropology (ANTH 260)
  • Evolution of the Human Life Cycle (ANTH 276)
  • Human Biology (ANTH 279)
  • Human Variation (ANTH 361, 361W)
  • Evolutionary Medicine (ANTH 370)
  • Human Growth & Development (ANTH 370)