Selfie of Dr. Nelson holding his puppy
May. 10, 2022


Alex Nelson graduated from UNLV with a Ph.D. in 2020. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University.


On the Spring of 2021 we reached out to our alumni to ask what they were doing after graduating from UNLV with an Anthropology graduate degree. This was the response:

1.  Where are you now?

I am currently living and working in Boone, North Carolina as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of anthropology at Appalachian State University. After graduating in the spring of 2020, I taught remotely for a year as an adjunct at App State and UNLV from Minneapolis and was hired to come teach in Boone full time in fall 2021.

2.  Current research/projects?

Since graduating I have continued to publish and expand both my dissertation research on transformations in romantic relationships in South Korea and entrepreneurship and inequality in US sexual labor markets. Most recently I have expanded my collaboration with a team of researchers at Western Washington University to conduct an analysis of webcam model's strategies of using twitter to advertise their services and build virtual community. At App State I have recently begun building upon my dissertation research with a team of undergraduate research assistants from WWU and App State to conduct a content analysis of Korean television dramas for their depictions of love, romantic relationships and gender relations to inform a planned follow-up field study. This past year I also published several chapters in The International Handbook of Love and have been co-editing a volume on declining marriage and fertility rates around the world and transformations of intimacy with William Jankowiak and Victor de Munck.

3.  What do you do for fun and to unwind in these days of COVID?

During COVID I have been spending what little free time I have had from lesson prep and writing to unwind by taking walks and listening to audiobooks. Most recently I have been reading the Outlander series, Billy Summers, The Warmth of Other Suns, and The Anthropocene Reviewed.