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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 | 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.

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Arts and Culture | March 6, 2020

UNLV Honors College student Nathalie Martinez reflects on the stories and impact of Latinex artists.

Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wrap UNLV Marta Meana in a blanket as part of the tribe's gift announcement to the university.
Campus News | March 5, 2020

A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.

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Research | December 26, 2019

A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.

Anthropology In The News

February 23, 2021

THE MOUNTAIN OF EVIDENCE THAT MICROBES INSIDE OUR GUTS can reveal hidden details of our physical and mental health has grown a little more thanks to a new study published this month in the journal Current Biology.

Anthropology News
January 30, 2021

Last year Anthropology News invited sections to help us highlight some of the outstanding people in our discipline and the exciting, impactful work that they do, whether in scholarly, mentoring, business, public, teaching, or activist contexts. The features first published in the November/December issue of the magazine. Thank you to section contributing editors Cathy Amanti, Dori Beeler, Steven Black, Joseph Feldman, Susan Kenyon, Sheina Lew-Levy, Walter E. Little, Patricia D. López, Melissa Maceyko, Laura Meek, Chandra L. Middleton, Catherine Rhodes, Mallika Sarma, and Thea R. Strand.

The Great Courses Daily
January 11, 2021

According to UPI, a box of donated papers from the late Australian poet and journalist A.B. “Banjo” Paterson also contained a tin of chocolates originally commissioned by Queen Victoria about 120 years ago. “The chocolate was still in its straw packaging and silver foil wrapping,” the article said. “The tins were commissioned by Britain’s Queen Victoria and sent to soldiers in South Africa during the Boer War around 1900 as a gift to the troops.

December 4, 2020

Even when enslaved or despised, captives brought novel ideas and technologies to the societies of their captors

November 12, 2020

A study entitled The Impact of Fathers on Children by Peter B. Gray, PhD. and Kermyt G. Anderson, PhD., found that there are many positive impacts that can be seen from the involvement of fathers as parents on their children, such as building social behavior, ethics, and self-awareness.

Dome Division of Microbial Ecology
November 9, 2020

Stephanie won a 3-year Post-Doc fellowship from the REinforcing Women In REsearch (REWIRE) COFUND Programme, a Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions COFUND project funded by the European Commission.

Anthropology Experts

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

February 17, 2021
Elizabeth Johnson (Anthropology) and Shelly Volsche, '13 BA Psychology, '15 MA Anthropology, and '17 PhD Anthropology, now of Boise State University, are authors of an article, "COVID-19: Companion Animals Help People Cope during Government-Imposed Social Isolation." The article was published in the journal Society and Animals. Johnson is a PhD...
February 2, 2021
Barbara Roth and Danielle Romero (both Anthropology), along with Katelyn DiBenedetto, '15 MA, '18 PhD Anthropology, recently published "Hunting Blinds, the Bow and Arrow, and Land Use Strategies in the Mojave Desert: New Insights from Afton Canyon" in the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. This article is based on archeological...
January 27, 2021
Debra L. Martin (Anthropology) is the author of "Violence and Masculinity in Small-Scale Societies." Archeological and ethnographic accounts of violence in small-scale societies represent a baseline for thinking about the ways that violence and masculinity originated and evolved, becoming entwined social processes. Male violence (lethal and...
January 11, 2021
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology), as part of a large group of international scholars, recently was published in the journal Nature Human Behavior. The article, "Gendered Movement Ecology and Landscape Use in Hadza Hunter-Gatherers," examines the spatial behavior of a highly mobile community of foragers in Tanzania using GPS and movement data. 
January 4, 2021
Joseph B. Curran (Anthropology) has co-authored an article, "War Clubs in Southern California: an Interdisciplinary Study of Blunt Force Weapons and Their Impact," with with David E. Raymond, an associate professor in the California State University, Los Angeles department of mechanical engineering. The article has been published in the Journal of...
December 10, 2020
Barbara Roth (Anthropology) and Kathryn Baustian, '10 MA and '15 PhD Anthropology, published "Situational Power in Cooperative Communities: Indicators from Bioarchaeology in the Mimbres Region of Southwest New Mexico" in American Anthropologist.