Craig Hadley


Craig Hadley
Craig Hadley is a leading *food security and population health researcher in the United States. As a bio-medical anthropologist and professor at Emory University, he publishes articles and original research regularly on issues affecting population health. His work examines: maternal and child health, infant feeding practices, the immigrant/refugee experience in the United States, *food insecurity, and the inclusion of ‘culture’ as a vital component to epidemiological and population health research. Hadley uses cultural, social, nutritional, and medical frameworks to address diverse global health issues.

Research & Work

Hadley’s work primarily focuses on populations in Africa and North America. Common to his work in both regions is a focus on the household level experiences of health and security. In the following summary several key examples of his work in Africa and the United States are noted, these examples are not exhaustive of his research but instead represent an overview of his work and interests.

In Africa, he has done extensive research on maternal and adolescent food insecurity at the household level. Specific to this is an interest on the negative consequences of food insecurity on physical and mental health. In Tanzania, Hadley and Patil explore the associations between food insecurity and maternal anxiety and depression, and the increase in anxious and depressive symptoms as a result of seasonal food insecurity.[1] [2] Similarly, Hadley and colleagues carried out research on whether or not the buffering effect, the idea that parents will buffer their children from experiences of food insecurity, is applicable to adolescent girls in Ethiopia.[3] The authors hypothesized that the effect would not protect girls from food insecurity because of a cultural preference towards male adolescents in the household. This hypothesis was supported by their research. However, the authors do note alternative explanatory models for their findings.

In the United States, his research focuses on the immigrant and refugee experiences of health: the mechanisms by which health status changes once resettled in the United States, the consequences of discrimination on health, and the experiences of refugee food insecurity. [4] [5] [6]

In addition to his fieldwork, Hadley is also an advocate for the inclusion of culture as an important research variable. In an editorial Hadley and colleagues advocate for ‘culture’ to be integrated into epidemiological research.[7] The authors outline ways that the addition of ‘culture’ into population studies can strengthen research: by giving racial and ethnic classifications local meaning, and by demonstrating the inclusion criteria for membership into a specific group. According to the authors, in order for the use of race and ethnicity to be useful in research they must be traced back to these pathways.


Hadley’s academic career has distinguished him as a leader in population health and anthropological studies. His career began in 1998 when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Utah. At the University of California, Davis he earned a Masters of Arts and Doctors of Philosophy in Anthropology. Hadley’s graduate training prepared him as a biological anthropologist with a designated emphasis in international nutrition. From 2003-2005 he was the Mellon Post Doc research fellow at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University.[8] Since 2005, he has held a position as an adjunct assistant professor at Brown in population studies. From 2005-2007 Hadley was the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan.[9] In 2007, Hadley joined the faculty at Emory University as an Assistant professor.[10] Presently, he still occupies this position. He is also the President of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN).[11]

No other biographical information is available on Craig Hadley via the Internet.

Major Publications

Anthropological Perspectives on Migration and Health. Editor: Craig Hadley
Hadley, Craig. 2010 The complex interactions between migration and health: an introduction. Theme Issue: “Anthropological Perspectives on Migration and Health,” NAPA Bulletin 34 (1):1-5.

Kohrt, Brandon, Craig Hadley, and Daniel Hruschka. 2009 Culture and epidemiology Theme issue,“Towards an integrated study of culture and population health.” Annals of Human Biology 36 (6): 229-234.

Hruschka, Daniel, & Hadley, Craig. 2008 A glossary of culture in epidemiology. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 62(11):947-951.

Hadley, Craig, Daniel Sellen, and A. Zodhiates. 2007 Acculturation, economics, and food security among recently arrived immigrants: The case of West African refugees. Public Health Nutrition 10(4):405-412.

Hadley, Craig. 2005 The costs and benefits of kin: kin networks and children's health among the Pimbwe of Tanzania. Human Nature 15:377-395.

Hadley, Craig. 2005 Ethnic expansions and between-group differences in children’s health: A case study from the Rukwa valley, Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 128: 682-92.

Hadley, Craig and Crystal Patil. 2006 Social support and dietary intake: Building the framework. Anthropology News 47 (9):56-57.

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  1. ^ Hadley, Craig and Crystal Patil. 2006 Food insecurity in rural Tanzania is associated with maternal anxiety and depression. American Journal of Human Biology 18(3):359-68.
  2. ^ Hadley, Craig and Crystal Patil. 2008 Seasonal changes in household food insecurity and symptoms of anxiety and depression American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135: 225-32.
  3. ^ Hadley, Craig, David Lindstrom, Fasil Tessema, and Tefara Belachew. 2008 Gender bias in the food insecurity experience of Ethiopian adolescents. Social Science & Medicine 66:427-38.
  4. ^ Patil, Crystal, Craig Hadley, and Perpetue Djona Nahayo. 2009 Unpacking dietary acculturation among new Americans: Results from formative research with African refugees Journal Immigrant and Minority Health. 11:342-58.
  5. ^ Hadley, Craig and Crystal Patil. 2009 Perceived Discrimination among three groups of refugees resettled in the USA: Associations with language, time in the USA, and continent of origin. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 11:505-12.
  6. ^ Hadley, Craig and Daniel Sellen. 2006 Food insecurity and child hunger among recently resettled African refugees in the USA. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 8(4):369-75.
  7. ^ Kohrt, Brandon, Craig Hadley, and Daniel Hruschka. 2009 Culture and epidemiology Theme issue,“Towards an integrated study of culture and population health.” Annals of Human Biology 36 (6): 229-234.
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  10. ^ Hadley, Craig. Curriculum vitae. Retrieved from
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