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Nina Jablonski, PhD

Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University

Nina Jablonski, PhD

Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University

Biography

Nina G. Jablonski is Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. A biological anthropologist and paleoanthropologist, she studies human and primate evolution using evidence from the fossil record, comparative anatomy, and physiology. Her current research program is focused on the evolution of human skin, especially skin pigmentation and touch, and on STEM education. Jablonski’s research on the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation has been the focus of numerous scientific papers and three popular books, Skin: A Natural History (2006), Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color (2012), and Skin We Are In (2018). Her work in STEM education has centered on the use of personalized genetic and genealogical information in middle schools to get young people interested in science by studying themselves. With Henry Louis Gates, Jr., she has created the PBS web series, “Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings,” and its associated, open access science curriculum. Jablonski is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2012) and an honorary doctorate from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa (2010). Her current research and educational projects are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation.