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Department of Anthropology News

Anthropology focuses on the spectrum of the human experience - past and present. An anthropology degree balances practical, applied, and theoretical research within liberal arts, as well as interdisciplinary education.

Current Anthropology News

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Arts and Culture | September 15, 2021

This dynamic global exhibition project is carried out locally by students from UNLV’s Department of Anthropology.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

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People | May 10, 2021

An enduring commencement tradition continues this spring as UNLV president honors seven outstanding students who exemplify the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Campus News | December 9, 2020

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield to honor four Winter 2020 graduates for their academic, research, and community impact.

Research | September 22, 2020

Social science researchers offer recommendations for navigating ethical dilemmas in studying global societies.

Anthropology In The News

Wall Street Journal
September 8, 2021

A crop of companies want to make sperm-freezing a routine procedure for young men, as employers start to offer it as a benefit.

Genetic Literacy Project
September 7, 2021

Less than half of all societies kiss with their lips, according to a study of 168 cultures from around the world.

The Great Courses Daily
August 17, 2021

The global overnutrition epidemic carries numerous consequences, including health problems like heart disease. U.S. children eat more processed foods now than ever.

AlKhaleej Today
August 17, 2021

Kissing the lips is not practiced by all people as some people think, there are a variety of different ways in which people kiss each other, so how did this practice begin?

August 17, 2021

From '70s bushes to bald as a badger, these are the era-defining styles down there.

August 16, 2021

Lip-on-lip kissing is not nearly as universal as we might think it is, so can the diverse number of ways that humans kiss reveal what it is about this intimate act that we find important?

Anthropology Experts

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

September 16, 2021
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) recently published a book chapter (in Spanish) titled: "Ser un 'verdadero migrante:' Temporalidad y efimeridad al atravesar México" (Being a True Migrant: Temporality and Ephemerality while Crossing Mexico), in the edited open access volume Ética, Política y Migración (Ethics, Politics and Migration)...
July 20, 2021
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2021 Conrad M. Arensberg award from the American Anthropological Association. This honor recognizes individuals who have furthered anthropology as a natural science.   Alyssa Crittenden’s research combines methods of evolutionary anthropology, human behavioral ecology, and...
July 9, 2021
Michael Green, Andy Kirk, Willy Bauer, Michelle Turk (all History), Claytee White (Libraries), and Karen Harry (Anthropology) presented at the NEH Summer Institute, "Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," which brought 25 K-12 teachers from around the country to Southern Nevada for a two-week program of content, pedagogy, and tours.
May 20, 2021
Debra L. Martin (Anthropology) was awarded NSF support ($300,611) for three years to preserve and conserve a historic mission church and cemetery in Belen, New Mexico (circa 1850). The project, "Biological Impacts of Colonial Practices: Bioarchaeological Reconstruction of Health and Demography" will use three field seasons to excavate, analyze,...
May 19, 2021
A number of undergraduate students were recognized during the office of undergraduate research (OUR) spring 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. They include: Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership), who was awarded Best Podium Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her presentation was Police...
May 13, 2021
Nathalie Martinez (Anthropology and World Languages and Cultures) has been awarded first place for the XLVI Lambda Alpha National Senior Scholarship Award. The undergraduate scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to the top applicant and selected by the National Executive Council members of the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society.