Daniel J. Kruger, Ph.D.

Daniel Kruger

Research Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center

Faculty Affiliate, Social Psychology

Faculty Affiliate, LIFE Program, Institute for Social Research

School of Public Health      Vcard icon
1420 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

(734) 936-4927; Fax: (734) 615-2317

E-mail: kruger@umich.edu

Website(s): Personal Homepage

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Kruger conducts a wide span of health research ranging from very basic to very applied. His basic work uses life history theory as an integrative framework for understanding modern human health behaviors and outcomes. His applied work includes community health surveys and program evaluations conducted in partnership with health departments and community based organizations. Projects have focused on birth outcomes, risk-taking, violence, mortality patterns, neighborhood conditions, and population factors.


NIMH Post-doctoral fellowship, Psychosocial Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2001-2003
Ph.D., Applied Social Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2001
M.A., Applied Social Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 1999
B.S., Psychology, Le Moyne College, 1995
B.S., Biology, Le Moyne College, 1995

Research Interests & Projects

Life History Theory

Altruism, cooperation, competition, and resource use

Birth outcomes

Risky behavior

Mortality patterns

Geographical Information Systems

Selected Publications

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Kruger, D.J. (2014). Evolutionary foundations for Public Health In P. LaFreniere & G. Weisfeld (Ed.) Evolutionary Science of Human Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Approach Springer.

Kruger, D. J., Fisher, M. L., Wright, P. (2014). Patriarchy, male competition, and excess male mortality Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 3-11.

Kruger, D.J., Clark, J., & Vanas, S. (2013). Male scarcity is associated with higher prevalence of premature gestation and low birth weight births across the USA American Journal of Human Biology

Kruger, D.J., Aiyer, S.M., Caldwell, C.H., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2013). Local scarcity of adult men predicts youth assault rates Journal of Community Psychology, 119-125.

Kruger, D. J., Munsell, M.A., & French-Turner, T. (2011). Using a life history framework to understand the relationship between neighborhood structural deterioration and adverse birth outcomes Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 5, 260-274.

Kruger, D.J. (2011). Evolutionary theory in Public Health and the public health of evolutionary theory Futures, 43, 762-770.

Kruger, D.J. (2010). Socio-demographic factors intensifying male mating competition exacerbate male mortality rates Evolutionary Psychology, 194-204.

Kruger, D.J., Shirey, L.A., Morrel-Samuels, S., Skorcz, S., Brady, J.S. (2009). Using a community-based health survey as a tool for informing local health policy Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 47-53.

Kruger, D.J., Reischl, T.M., Zimmerman, M.A. (2008). Time perspective as a mechanism for functional developmental adaptation Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 1-22.

Kruger, D.J., & Nesse, R. M. (April, 2006). An evolutionary life-history framework for understanding sex differences in human mortality rates Human Nature, 74-97.

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
American Public Health Association
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
International Society for Human Ethology
North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society
Society for Community Research and Action

Additional Information

University of Michigan Research Faculty Recognition Award (2009, 1 of 2 university-wide). Consequential Epidemiology Award for Top Oral Presentation, 19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (2005). 



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