Hailey Taylor

Hello – my name is Hailey and I am currently an undergraduate at NMSU working on a minor in Public Health and a bachelor’s in Anthropology with a focus on biological and medical anthropology. After I complete my undergraduate, I plan on attending a Master’s program and eventually plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology to reach my career aspiration of working within academia as an anthropological researcher and professor. I am currently the President of the Undergraduate Anthropology Organization, a Crimson Scholar, and am enrolled in the Master’s Accelerated program within the NMSU Anthropology Department. When I am not conducting research, studying, or working, I enjoy going to El Paso to visit my family.



Project Description:

My research project is an investigation into the claim that men receive greater health benefits from marriage than women. Most research on this question has been done in highincome countries like the US with little comparative data available in low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, some researchers suggest that gendered protective effects of marriage may relate to economic transitions within countries, rather than a universal pattern across cultures. More studies are needed to determine if the protective effect of marriage is universal or context based, and models in low-income countries undergoing economic development can be particularly helpful in analyzing the effects of societal transitions. The objective of my research is to examine gendered differences in the relationship between chronic disease risk and marriage in Vanuatu, a developing South Pacific Island nation, in order to examine further the impact marriage has in varying contexts on an individual’s health.




  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Present scholarly work at URCAS
  • Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
  • Author or co-author a manuscript submitted for publication
  • Apply for graduate or professional school