Emily Post


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Research Associate at the National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Social Responses to Disasters, Social Network Analysis, Human Behavioral Ecology


Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Anthropology
Focus: Human Behavioral Ecology
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Awarded: 2022

Master of Science (M.S.) in Anthropology
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Awarded: 2018

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Anthropology
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Awarded: 2016


Dr. Emily Post's research interests lie at the intersection of Cultural Anthropology (studying the diversity of human cultures) and Human Behavioral Ecology (studying human behavior generally from the lens of evolutionary theory). Specifically, she focuses on how humans adapt their social structures and cultural understandings in response to large-scale disasters. As a Graduate Research Fellow supported by the National Science Foundation, she has conducted ethnographic fieldwork studying how rural, smallholder populations adapted their social support networks to Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean island of Dominica. She currently holds the position of Research Associate III at the National Center of Disaster Medicine & Public Health.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Post, E.R. (2021) Studying Social Support Networks Under Variable Risk Types. Paper presented at: Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference; 2021 Mar 22-26. Salt Lake City, UT.

Post, E.R., Macfarlan S.J. (2020). Tracking Cross-Cultural Gender Bias in Reputations. Poster presented at: Global Change and Sustainability Center Research Symposium; 2020 Feb 27. Salt Lake City, UT.

Post, E.R. (2019). Limits to Social Capital: Reputation and Gender Bias in a Cross-Cultural Perspective. Poster presented at: Northwest Evolution Ecology & Human Behavior Annual Symposium; 2019 Oct 19-21. Boise, ID.

Graduate Research Fellow of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2017-2021)

First Year Fellow, Global Change & Sustainability Center of the University of Utah (2016)

Representative Bibliography

Garfield, Z. H., Schacht, R., Post, E. R., Ingram, D., Uehling, A., & Macfarlan, S. J. (2021). The content and structure of reputation domains across human societies: a view from the evolutionary social sciences. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376(1838), 20200296.

Post, E. R., & Macfarlan, S. J. (2020). Tracking cross-cultural gender bias in reputations. Cross-Cultural Research, 54(4), 346-363

Macfarlan, S. J., Quinlan, R. J., & Post, E. (2019). Emergent matriliny in a matrifocal, patrilineal population: a male coalitionary perspective. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374(1780), 20180073.