Zane Swanson

Fellow, Global Food and Water Security Program
Jon B. Alterman

Zane Swanson is a fellow with the Global Food and Water Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he investigates the causes and consequences of food and water insecurity in the United States and globally. He is particularly interested in the development and application of evidence-based policy to address the overlapping challenges to food and water security, ecological security, and global development. Trained as an evolutionary anthropologist, Zane’s early research focused on the socio-ecological relationships between human physiology, health, the environment, and lifestyle among agropastoral and semi-nomadic communities living in rural Kenya. Working at the intersection of human biology and global health, his work informed investigations of early childhood growth variation and household cardiometabolic health difference in the context of food and water insecurity, as well as socioeconomic and market access disparities. Prior to joining CSIS, Zane worked in the Pontzer Lab at Duke University, where he also supported research investigating variation in human energy expenditure, physical activity, and life history. Zane holds a BA with Honors in anthropology from Boston University and received his PhD in evolutionary anthropology from Duke University. He hails from Sherman, Connecticut.

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