Santa Clara University

Laura Hauff

Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department and Public Health Program


2011-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Maternal and Child Nutrition (National Institute of Health Training Grant, with Dr. Kathleen M. Rasmussen), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

2011 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN.

2006 M.A. Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN.

2003 B.A. Sociology (with Honors), College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, St. Joseph, MN; Egregia Cum Laude.


ANTH 1 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 114 Senior Project
PHSC 1 Human Health and Disease
ANTH 137 Evolutionary Medicine

ANTH/PHSC 135 Human Development and Sexuality

Dr. Hauff is a biological anthropologist and serves as a faculty member in both the Anthropology Department and the Public Health Science major.  Her research interests are in biocultural anthropology, human reproductive ecology, and maternal nutrition and lactation in humans.  Her research focuses on how maternal characteristics, especially nutritional status, affect perinatal health outcomes.  Specifically she utilizes a combination of observational data, survey analysis, and lab work to investigate how maternal obesity impacts breastfeeding outcomes in the United States.