School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Professor Barry Bogin MA, PhD

Photo of Professor Barry Bogin
  • Born in the United States, studied Biology and Anthropology at Temple University, Philadelphia (BA, MA, and PhD in Anthropology)
  • Worked at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala (1974-76), Wayne State University, Detroit (1977-82), and University of Michigan-Dearborn (1982-2006)
  • Appointed at Loughborough University in 2007

Current research

  • Physical growth and health between Maya children living in Guatemala versus the USA
  • Evolution of the pattern of human growth (human beings evolved two new stages of development - childhood and adolescence - stages not found in other mammals)
  • Use of relative leg length as an indicator of healhy growth; intergenerational influences on health
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Human Birth, Growth, Development knowledge integration (HBGDki)

Journal Activity

  • 2002-present Appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Human Biology
  • 2002-007 Appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Human Ecology
  • 1998-2003 Appointed to the editorial board of the journal Homo.
  • 1997-2006 Appointed to the editorial board of the journal Annals of Human Biology.
  • 1989-1993 Appointment as Associate Editor for human growth for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • 1988-1989 Appointment as Acting Editor of the American Journal of Human Biology.
  • 1981-1988 Appointment to Associate Editor of the journal Human Biology.

Journal Referee

  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  • American Journal of Human Biology
  • Annals of Human Biology
  • Homo
  • International Journal of Epidemiology
  • Anthropological Sciences (Japan)
  • Human Ecology
  • Child Development
  • PLoS One

Learned Societies and Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists - Member
  • Human Biology Association - Fellow
  • Society for the Study of Human Biology - Member

Visiting Professor Titles

  • Technical University of Lisbon
  • Coimbra University (Portugal)
  • University of Buenos Aires
  • University of Alcala (Spain)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Advisory Roles

  • 2007-present Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Human Biology.
  • 1991-1995 Election to the Executive Committee of the Human Biology Council.
  • 1987-1991 Member of the Publications Committee, Human Biology Council.
  • 1986-1987 Chairman of the Nominations Committee, Human Biology Council.

Collaborative Research

  • 2015     Sponsor: Bill & Melinda gates Foundation. Title: “Quantifying Healthy birth, growth and development knowledge integration.” PI: Barry Bogin, Co-PI: Inês Varela Silva. Project value: £210,181. Award period: 01 May 2015 – 30 July 2016.
  • 2014     Sponsor: Friends of Israel Educational Foundation. Title: “Biological and cultural contributions to child growth and maturation.” PI: Inês Varela Silva, Co-PI: Barry Bogin. Project Value: £10,000. Period of Award: 01/05/2014 – 30/11/2014.


  • 2004 William E. Stirton University Professorship, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • 1999 Michigan Association of Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award.
  • 1998 Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • 1993 Distinguished Research Award, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • 1974-1976 Latin American Teaching Fellowship, from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
  • 1973 Tuition scholarship, Temple University.

Other Evidence of Esteem

  • Frequently interviewed by journalists from NewScientist, BBC, New York Times, National Public Radio (USA)


  • Maria Inês Varela-Silva, Barry Bogin, J. Andrés Galvez Sobral, Federico Dickinson, Susana Monserrat-Revillo, and the Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development – Knowledge Integration (HBGDki) Initiative (2016) Deep Data Science to Prevent and Treat Growth Faltering in Maya Children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,70, 679-680. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2016.63
  • Carlos Varea, José Manuel Terán, Cristina Bernis, Barry Bogin & Antonio González-González (2016) Is the economic crisis affecting birth outcome in Spain? Evaluation of temporal trend in underweight at birth (2003–2012), Annals of Human Biology, 43:2, 169-182.
  • Cameron N, Bogin B, editors (2012) Human Growth and Development, 2nd edition. Amsterdam, Elsevier.
  • Stinson S, Bogin B, O'rourke D, editors (2012) Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Approach. 2nd edition, New York: Wiley.
  • Barry Bogin, 1999, Patterns of Human Growth, second edition. Cambridge University Press.
  • Barry Bogin, Michael Hermanussen, Werner F. Blum and Christian Aßmann (2015) Sex, Sport, IGF-1 and the Community Effect in Height Hypothesis. International. Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 12(5), 4816-4832; doi:10.3390/ijerph120504816. Open access:
  • Azcorra H, Dickinson F, Bogin B, Rodríguez L, Varela-Silva MI. (2015) Intergenerational influences on the growth of Maya children: The effect of living conditions experienced by mothers and maternal grandmothers during their childhood.  American Journal of Human Biology, Jan 9. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22675. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Barry Bogin, Jared Bragg, Christoper Kuzawa (2014) Humans are not cooperative breeders but practice biocultural reproduction. Annals of Human Biology, 41(4):368-80.
  • Bogin B, Scheffler C, Hermanussen M. (2017) Global effects of income and income inequality on adult height and sexual dimorphism in height. American Journal of Human Biology 29(2). doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22980
  • Noel Cameron, Barry Bogin, Debra Bolter, Lee R Berger (2017) The post-cranial skeletal maturation of Australopithecus sediba. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2017; 2017;163:633–640..