Douglas E. Crews

Contact Information

Dr. Douglas E. Crews
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University
4004 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614.292.1329 (tel)
614.292-4155 (fax)

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Interests

A physical anthropologist, investigates aging, disease, and other genetic and quantitative variation in Japan and Slovenia, among Samoans of the South Pacific, African Americans, and Native Americans from Brazil and Ecuador.

Dr. Crews is currently working with data collected from American Samoans, African Americans of central Ohio, and Yanomami and Cofan Indians of the Brazilian and Ecuadorian Amazon. He currently is co-investigator of a project exploring maternal health, and pregnancy outcomes among the Buthia of Sikkim State, India. Dr. Crews has a joint faculty appointment in the School of Public Health and is a member of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging Coordinating Committee. Dr. Crews' graduate students are actively conducting research in Brazil, Ecuador, India, Cayo Santiago, and the United States, in addition to conducting molecular studies of the HLA system and candidate genes for diabetes, obesity, and blood pressure


1. Biological Anthropology and Aging: Perspectives on Human Variation over the Life Span.  DE Crews and RM Garruto (eds); Oxford University Press: New York. 1994. 

2. Human Senescence: Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspectives.  Cambridge University Press: New York. 2003.   

3. Biological Anthropology:  Custom Publishing Pearson Learning Solutions.  Associate Editor Online Publishing. J Cohen, DE Crews, J Stewart (eds). 2011. 


American Journal of Human Biology: Editorial Board 2008-present.

Guest Editor: Evolutionary, Biosocial, and Cross Cultural Perspectives on Aging 1(3), 1989.

Guest Editor: Human biology and aging: recent advances and new directions. 10(5), 1998.

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE) Newsletter: Sub Editor for Physical Anthropology 1989 93, Editor 1993 1997.

Collegium Antropologicum: Consulting Editor 1996¬-present.

 Guest Editor: Human Population Biology and Human Variation in Health and Disease, June 1994.

 Guest Editor, Human Variation in Health and Disease: The Transdisciplinary View of Human Population Biology, June 1997.

   Guest Editor, Biological Anthropology of Aging: Theoretical Approaches and Current Directions, January 2003.

Ethnicity & Disease: Associate Editor 1990 92, Book Review Editor, 1990 92, Editorial Board, 1993 2003.

Human Biology: Editorial Board 1998¬-2008.

Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Sciences: Editorial Board, 2002-2005, Editor 2005-present.

Guest Editor: Physiological Anthropology, Human Biology, and Modern Human Variation 25(1): 2006.

Experimental Gerontology: Editorial Board 2007- present.


 Published Journal Articles and Book Chapters since 2007

1.  Crews DE. Senescence, Aging and Disease. Journal of Physiological Anthropology. 26(3): 365-372, 2007. 

2.  Bindon JR, WW Dressler, MJ Gilliland, DE Crews. A cross-cultural perspective on obesity and health in three groups of women: the Mississippi Choctaw, American Samoans, and African Americans. Collegium Antropologicum. 31(1): 47-54, 2007. 

3.  Crews DE. Assessing composite estimates of stress in American Samoans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 133(3): 1028-34, 2007. 

4.  Crews DE, LJ Gerber. Genes, geographic ancestry, and disease susceptibility:
applications of evolutionary medicine to clinical settings.  In: Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives.  WR Trevathan, EO Smith, JJ McKenna, (eds.) Oxford University Press: New York, pp.368-381, 2008.

5.  Crews, DE.  Co-evolution of human mating strategies, culture and longevity. Aging Related Problems in Past and Present Populations. Eva Bodzsar and C Sussanne (eds.) Plantin Publ. & Press Ltd.: Budapest, Hungary, pp. 9-25. 2008.

6.  Crews DE.  Design and the elder phenotype: anthropometry, muscle loss, and disability.  Human Diversity: Design for Life, 9th International Congress of

7.  Physiological Anthropology: Proceedings.  Delft, The Netherlands 22-28

8.  August 2008, pp. 39-42.  Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft

9.  University of Technology: The Netherlands, 2009.

10.  Reitsema LJ, DE Crews, M Polcyn. Preliminary evidence for medieval Polish diet from carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 1413-1423, 2010.

11.  Crews DE, B Bogin.  Growth, development, senescence, and aging: a life: a life history perspective. In: A Companion to Biological Anthropology. C. Larsen, ed. pp. 128-152, 2010.

12.  history perspective. In: A Companion to Biological Anthropology. C. Larsen, ed. pp. 128-152, 2010.

13.  Crews DE, J Stewart. Human longevity and senescence. Human Evolutionary Biology.  M P. Muehlenbein, ed. Cambridge University Press: New York, pp 528-550, 2010.

14.  Al-Kandari Y, DE Crews.  The effect of consanguinity on congenital disabilities in the Kuwaiti population. Journal of Biosocial Sciences 43: 65-73, 2011.

15.  Crews DE, G Li. Senescence, aging, life span, frailty, disability and diseases in Chinese populations: trends and prospects. Aging in Perspective and the Case of China: Issues and Approaches. Sheying Chen (ed.), New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 189-212, 2011.

16.  Reitsema LJ, DE Crews. Oxygen isotopes as a biomarker for sickle cell disease?  Results from transgenic mice expressing human HbS genes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.  145(3):495-498, 2011. 

17.  Crews DE, GJ Ice.  Aging, senescence and human variation. Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective, 2nd Edition.  S Stinson, B Bogin, and D. O’Rourke (eds.), Wiley‑Blackwell: New York, pp. 637-602, 2012.

18.  Crews DE, H Harada, K Aoyagi, T Maeda, A. Alfarano, Y Sone, Y Kusano. Allostatic load among elderly Japanese living on Hizen-Oshima island.  International Journal of Physiological Anthropology.  31:18-29, 2012.

19.  Leahy R, Crews DE. Physiological Dysregulation and Somatic Decline among Elders: Modeling, Applying, and Re-Interpreting Allostatic Load.  Collegium Anthropologicum 36(1):11-22, 2012.


Teaching Schedule

Autumn 2013

3301- Modern Human Physical Variation
7701.01 - Modern Human Physical Variation Grad Seminar

Spring 2014 3301 - Modern Human Physical Variation
4597.04 - The Molecular Revolution: Heredity, Genome Mapping and Genomania


Current Grad Students

Rachel Leahy
Genevieve Sanders
Genevieve Sharron
Jessica Walz

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