Skip to main content

Email: hjahnke at


Office: Alumni Hall 303B


Hannah is a doctoral candidate interested in the reciprocal relationship between social, environmental, and physiological interactions in health and development. Her dissertation analyzes how maternal stress during and after pregnancy shapes women’s health as well as fetal development and long-term health risks on the Galápagos Islands. On campus, Hannah is a member of the Human Biology Lab and a Predoctoral Trainee at the Carolina Population Center. Hannah is also a Fulbright-Hays fellow.

Areas of Interest: Human biology, developmental origins of health and disease, stress, Ecuador


MA, Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2016.

BA, Anthropology, Northwestern University. 2012.

Recent Publications:

2019. Jahnke, JR, Houck KM, Bentley ME, Thompson AL. Rising rates of caesarean delivery in Ecuador: Socioeconomic and institutional determinants over two decades. Birth. 2019 Feb 13: doi: 10.1111/birt.12421

2019. Thompson, AL, Houck K, Jahnke JR. Pathways linking Caesarean delivery to early health in a dual burden context: immune development and the gut microbiome in infants and children from Galapagos, Ecuador. American Journal of Human Biology. 2019 Jan 28:e23219. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.23219