Sera Young is an anthropologist focused on reducing maternal and child undernutrition, particularly in the first 1,000 days. Trained in medical anthropology and public health nutrition, she takes a biocultural approach to understanding how mothers seek to preserve their families’ health. Young’s current work centers on water and food insecurity, infant feeding, and pica (the craving and consumption of non-food items). Young received the Margaret Mead Award for her book, "Craving Earth," and her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation, among others. Young is an assistant professor of anthropology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR).