Monica H. Keith, Ph.D.



  • I am an Anthropologist and Data Scientist who studies biocultural variation in longitudinal health and child growth. I use Bayesian models to assess predictors of growth and health outcomes, and my research integrates health, socio-ecological, and genetic data to study human biological variation in diverse contexts.



    I work with three ongoing field studies in Dominica, Bangladesh, and Argentina researching health, growth, and biodemography in rural and indigenous populations. I am also currently working with intergenerational data from the COVID-19 and Infant Feeding Study as well as the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to address maternal/infant health and disparities in US pregnancy outcomes.


    Monica H. Keith

    Postdoctoral Scholar

    University of Washington

    Department of Anthropology

    Seattle, WA 98195



    Appointments and Education

    2020- Postdoc, University of Washington
    2014-20 PhD, University of Missouri
    2012-14 MA, University of Missouri
    2009-12 BS, Texas State University







    Saint David, Dominica

    [Genetic Project Lead]

    Population genetics, quantitative genetics, GWAS of cardiometabolic traits, admixture mapping, impacts of colonialism in the Caribbean

    Matlab, Bangladesh


    Child growth and development, impacts of household economic strategies, women's productive work, parental investment, Bayesian modeling, climate effects on health

    Formosa, Argentina


    Infant and child growth, impacts of birth mode and breastfeeding, Bayesian modeling of growth, biomarkers and life history transitions

  • Publications



    Martin MA, Keith MH, Olmedo S, Edwards D, Barrientes A, Pan A, Valeggia C. 2022. Cesarean section and breastfeeding outcomes in an Indigenous Qom community with high breastfeeding support. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 10(1): eoab045. [pdf]


    Keith MH, Flinn MV, Durbin HJ, Rowan TN, Blomquist GE, Taylor KH, Taylor JF, Decker JE. 2021. Genetic ancestry, admixture, and population structure in rural Dominica. PLOS One 16(11): e0258735. [pdf]


    Starkweather KE, Keith MH, Prall SP, Alam N, Zohora F, Emery Thompson M. 2021. Are fathers a good substitute for mothers? Paternal care and growth rates in Shodagor children. Developmental Psychobiology: Comparative Perspectives on Paternal Effects [Special Issue]. PMID: 34087947. [pdf]


    Keith MH, Blomquist GE, Flinn MV. 2019. Anthropometric heritability and child growth in a Caribbean village: A quantitative genetic analysis of longitudinal height, weight, and BMI in Bwa Mawego, Dominica. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 170:393–403. [pdf]


    Starkweather KE, Keith MH. 2019. One piece of the matrilineal puzzle: the socioecology of maternal uncle investment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: The evolution of female-biased kinship in humans and other mammals [Special Issue] 374:20180071. [pdf]


    Starkweather KE, Keith MH. 2018. Estimating impacts of the nuclear family and heritability of nutritional outcomes in a boat-dwelling community. American Journal of Human Biology 30: e23105. [pdf]


    Ahsan MH, Blomquist GE. 2015. Modeling variation in early life mortality in the western lowland gorilla: genetic, maternal and other effects. American Journal of Primatology 77: 666–678. [pdf]


    Manuscripts in Preparation


    Keith MH, Martin MA. An integrated structural equation model identifies causal pathways between social determinants of maternal health, biomarkers of allostatic load, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy that vary among US racial/ethnic groups.


    Keith MH, Corley M, Daniel S, Glass DJ, Lipton S, Ellison P, Valeggia C, Martin MA. Statistical methods to evaluate sampling designs: a Bayesian mixed model approach to assess intra- and inter-individual variation using pubertal hormone data.


    Starkweather KE, Keith MH, Alam N, Zohora F. Impacts of climate-induced flooding on household nutrition, child growth, and adult body mass in a Shodagor fishing community.


    Keith MH, Flinn MV, Taylor JF, Taylor KH, Blomquist GE. Genome-wide association (GWA) tests of cardiometabolic traits in a Caribbean community show association between Ankyrin-3 (ANK3) and body mass index.


    Starkweather KE, Keith MH. Women’s work and child illness: The disease ecology of Shodagor women’s trading.