Sheila Blanchard

Sheila Blanchard

Degree Program: Ph.D.

About Sheila Blanchard

Sheila Blanchard holds a BS in Biological Science from NC State University, BAs in English Literature and Anthropology from UNCG, and returned to Indiana University for an MA/PHD in biological anthropology with a concentration in food studies. For her research, she used a bio-cultural framework to analyze the importance of secondary compounds, such as those found in chocolates and chili peppers, in human evolution and how these compounds influence contemporary human nutrition and taste preferences. She has previously taught at IUB and IUK in the Human Biology, Biology, Anthropology, and English Departments. She currently works for the Department of Environmental Quality in the Division of Air Quality as an Environmental Senior Specialist, and utilizes data analysis and engineering to improve air quality for the citizens of North Carolina.