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Lisa R. Pawloski

Chair, Nutrition and Food Studies

Lisa PawloskiDr. Pawloski is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She is an expert in childhood obesity and biocultural aspects of health and nutrition among children, adolescents, and young adults. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1997, she examined the nutritional status of adolescent girls from the Segou Region in Mali, West Africa to explore factors impacting malnutrition in that region. Her current interests involve exploring the biocultural, geographic, and social determinants of obesity in transitional countries. Dr. Pawloski has most recently worked and conducted research in Nicaragua, Thailand, Chile, Iraq, and Costa Rica.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Indiana University, 1999
  • M.A., Anthropology, Indiana University, 1996
  • B.A., Biology (Minors: Chemistry and Anthropology), Texas A&M University, 1991



Ruchiwit, M., Ruchiwit, K., Pawloski, L.R., & Curtin, K.M. (in press). The influence of the perceptions of environmental factors on self-reported health status among Thais. World Medical and Health Policy.

Gewa, C., Leslie, T.F., & Pawloski, L.R. (in press). Geographic distribution and socioeconomic determinants of women's nutritional status in Mali households. Public Health Nutrition.

Ahmad, H., Rasheed, T.K., Pawloski, L.R., & Curtin, K.M. (2012). Challenges in conflict data collection: The spatial characteristics of nutritional status in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. Global Studies Review, 8(2).

Pawloski, L.R., Curtin, K.M., Gewa, C., & Attaway, D. (2012). Maternal–child overweight/obesity and undernutrition in Kenya: A geographic analysis. Public Health Nutrition. doi:10.1017/S1368980012000110

Pawloski, L.R., Thurman, S., Curtin, K.M., Ruchiwit, M. (2012).  Obesity and overweight in the Mekong Basin Region: A literature review. World Medical and Health Policy, 4(1), 1-15.

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