Megan Costa

Postdoctoal Scholar, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University

Ph.D., Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
MSc, Demography & Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2012
BA, Biological Anthropology, University of Washington Seattle, 2009

Entered Program: 
Trainee Type: 
NICHD Trainee
Dissertation Chair: 
Irma T. Elo
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Jere R. Behrman
Dissertation Committee Member: 

Michael Gurven, UC Santa Barbara

Graduation Year: 

Megan holds a BA in Anthropology with Distinction from the University of Washington. Following completion of her BA in 2009, Megan joined the Demographics: Mortality and Population working group as a post-bachelor fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, working as part of a larger team to estimate mortality for over 180 countries from 1970-2010. In 2013 she received an MSc in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she studied bias in the sibling survival method of mortality estimation. Megan is currently working on issues of maternal and child health with the Tsimane Health and Life History Project, a joint UNM and UCSB field site based in Bolivia. She is broadly interested in maternal and child health and their implications for longer-term health across the life course.

Recent Publications:

Gurven, M., M. Costa, T. Ben, J. Stieglitz, B. Beheim, D. Eid Rodriguez, P.L. Hooper, and H. Kaplan. 2016. "Health Costs of Reproduction Are Minimal Despite High Fertility, Mortality and Subsistence Lifestyle." Scientific Reports 6:30056.