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An Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Sorensen teaches courses on human growth and development (ANTH 318), poverty, inequality, and health (ANTH 446), and human disease ecology (ANTH 623) for the Global Studies undergraduate and graduate programs. A graduate of the University of Florida and Northwestern University, Dr. Sorensen has studied the post-socialist transition’s impact on the cardiovascular health of Siberian reindeer herders. Dr. Sorensen’s studies of the health among the former Soviet Union’s de-collectivized communities has taken him to Russia multiple times in the 1990s and 2000s, to isolated rural settlements throughout Siberia.

Currently, Dr. Sorensen is studying physical activity cardio-metabolic health in communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon. This project follows his research on market integration and health among the region’s indigenous populations.