Zaneta Thayer is a biological anthropologist and an assistant professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College. Her research largely addresses how social inequalities “get under the skin” to affect human biology and health. She has conducted the majority of her research in Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States, where she has investigated the impacts of factors such as poverty, discrimination, and historical trauma on stress physiology functioning, birth outcomes, general physiological functioning, and mental health. She recently co-launched the CARE study to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on pregnant women’s well-being and health care experiences. Thayer received her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 2013, where she was also a presidential fellow. In 2020, she received the Michael A. Little Early Career Award from the Human Biology Association.