Barbara Roth

Professor of Anthropology
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Expertise: Archaeology of North America (Southwest and Great Basin), Prehistoric Household Organization, Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Populations


Barbara Roth is an anthropologist whose research focuses on hunter-gatherer adaptations to arid environments, primarily in the Southwest and Mojave Desert. She studies events surrounding the adoption of agriculture in the southern Southwest and its impact on hunter-gatherer populations. An example is her work in the Mimbres Mogollon region of southwestern New Mexico, where she has been examining changes in household and community organization that occur as groups become more sedentary and dependent on agriculture.

Roth, UNLV's vice provost for faculty affairs and a professor in the department of anthropology, is the author of an award-winning book, Agricultural Origins in the American Southwest, seven edited books, and multiple articles and book chapters. 

In her current role as vice provost for faculty affairs, Roth directs resources, services and programs to promote faculty excellence in multiple areas, including teaching, research and service. 


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona