December 21, 2022

EP. 296 — ICYMI: Hair Variation, What’s Her Story? with Dr. Tina Lasisi

This holiday break, we’re re-releasing two gorgeous beauty episodes from the Getting Curious archives! First up, join Dr. Tina Lasisi—a biological anthropologist studying human hair—and Jonathan as they explore the evolutionary history of hair, measuring hair variation, and the twists and turns of Jonathan’s hair school textbook.

Dr. Tina Lasisi is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative and Computational Biology at the University of Southern California, and incoming Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

You can follow Dr. Lasisi on InstagramTwitter, and TikTok @tinalasisi. Her website is Make sure to check out more of her work via, like her PBS Digital Studios series Why Am I Like This?.


Want to support other Black Biological Anthropologists? Dr. Lasisi recommends following @BlackinBioAnthro on Twitter and Instagram, and @rockstaranthro on Instagram.


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Transcripts for each episode are available at


Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.


Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to


Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Tina Lasisi JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. This holiday break, we’re celebrating beauty from all angles: science, history, self-care, and beyond. Last week, I answered your beauty questions. And today we’re re-releasing an episode where biological anthropologist Dr. Tina Lasisi is answering mine. Now, here’s the thing – this episode was one of the most eye-opening and one of my low-key favorites from the year. Dr. Lasisi is, like, a literal icon and genius, and I learned so much I can’t even stand it, which is why I’m so excited that we’re re-releasing it. Take a listen and stay tuned for one more stunning re-release next week. Without further ado, here’s my conversation with Dr. Tina Lasisi, where I ask her: Hair variation. What’s that story? Welcome to Ge

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