Science at the Intersection of Genetics, Identity, and Health


Friday November 4, 2022: 8:15am-5pm

JB Duke Hotel on the Duke University Campus


Hosted by the Evolutionary Anthropology Department at Duke University


To register for the workshop, please  CLICK HERE or scan the QR code below.

In-person registration will be limited and offered on a first-come first-serve basis, but the workshop will also be accessible virtually via Zoom! For those attending in-person, there will be catered coffee/light breakfast and lunch available.


CLICK HERE to view a pdf of the current program.





JB DUKE HOTEL – 230 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

8:15 – 8:45 Coffee & Light breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome, Dr. Amy Goldberg, Duke Univ.
9:00 – 9:40 Dr. Maria Nieves-Colón, Univ. Minnesota – Using Ancient DNA to Interrogate the Colonial History of Latin America
9:40 – 10:00 Discussion
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 10:50 Dr. Sean Kimbro, NC Central Univ. – Ancestry and Health Disparities: African Americans Out of Context
10:50 – 11:10 Discussion
11:10 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:00 Dr. Krystal Tsosie, Arizona State Univ. – Articulating Diné (Navajo) DNA, Identity, Genetic Ancestry, and Health
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch @ J.B. Duke (provided)
1:30 – 3:00 Discussion: Community Involvement & Data Sovereignty

Dr. Carter Clinton, Penn State Univ. – Digging up DNA: The Importance of Studying Historic Burial Soil

3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:45 Discussion: Identity & Race in Public Discourse, Medicine & Teaching

Dr. Joseph Graves Jr., NC A&T State Univ. – Racism, Not Race: Embedded Racism in Health and Disease.

4:45 – 5:00 Closing, Dr. Herman Pontzer, Duke Univ.




Maria Nieves-Colón, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota



Sean Kimbro, PhD

Professor, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina Central University



Krystal Tsosie, PhD, MPH, MA

Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University



Carter Clinton, PhD

Post Doctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University



Joseph Graves, PhD

Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina A&T University





The Evolutionary Anthropology Department at Duke University



The Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)



The Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI)



More Information: If you’re interested in attending, or in receiving further updates regarding workshop, email Dr. Zane Swanson (