Dr. Hruschka studies culture change and the relationship between culture and behavior. His two main research questions focus on how we stay healthy in diverse social environments and how humans cooperate. For the last 10 years, he has been conducting research on these questions in rural Bangladesh. To complement this work with a broader global perspective, he also analyzes large-scale datasets on the social determinants of health worldwide.
Dr. Hruschka teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Culture and Health: Medical Anthropology, Society & Drugs, Introduction to Global Health and Health: Social and Biocultural Theories. He also serves as a committee member in the graduate program.