Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology


Ecofeminism, Environmental degradation, Environmental racism, Poverty, Skeletal growth


J. Albanese




There is evidence that people with a higher income tend to have better overall social, physical, and economic well-being. However, poverty is multidimensional and means more than just a lack of money and income (UNDP 2009; Potter et al. 2012). The differential effects of economic poverty, such as malnutrition and exposure to environmental pollutants, have variable effects on human growth and development depending on the conditions to which individuals and populations are subject. Understanding how the long-term consequences of food scarcity and pollution will affect the human body in its entirety will better contribute to understanding social harms. As such, detailed descriptive statistics and multivariate linear regression were used to analyze skeletal and documentary data from the Robert J. Terry Anatomical Collection and the Coimbra Identified Skeletal Collection, with the goal of addressing the impacts of racism, poverty, and chronic stress on growth and development. Specifically, this study used Ecofeminist theory to look at why racism and poverty in the Terry Collection has a very different impact than poverty in the Coimbra Collection.