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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

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.

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Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | November 7, 2019

MGM College Opportunity Program at UNLV offers a flexible and affordable way for the company's employees to complete their degrees.

Anthropology In The News

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.

Atlas Obscura
October 20, 2020

ACCORDING TO PIERS MITCHELL, A paleopathologist from the University of Cambridge, scientists have been extracting data from ancient human poop for over a century. “In the past, we’ve been able to look at a single coprolite from a single person”—that is to say, a preserved turd—”and study the microbiome of that one individual.” (The microbiome is the complex collection of microbes living in every animal’s digestive tract.) Now, in a newly released paper in Philosophical Transactions B, Mitchell and co-authors Susanna Sabin and Kirsten I. Bos have blown the lid off of single-turd analysis: by analyzing two medieval latrines’ worth of number two.

September 23, 2020

A group of social scientists who conduct cross-cultural research are casting a critical lens on their own practices.

September 23, 2020

A group of social scientists who conduct cross-cultural research are casting a critical lens on their own practices.

Daily Maverick
September 18, 2020

A life without bees is no life at all. Literally. Not only are they essential for pollination of plants but they are intricately entwined with the evolution of our species. University of Nevada paleoanthropologist Alyssa Crittenden argues that honey and bee larvae consumption are what “made it possible for early Homo to nutritionally out-compete other species of hominid and may have provided critical energy to fuel their enlarging and evolving brains”.

Anthropology Experts

An expert in prehistoric Native Americans of the Southwest
An expert in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, human remains, and skeletal biology.
An expert in paleontology and human evolution.
An anthropologist and expert on hunter-gatherer adaptations in American Southwest to arid environments, and the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture
An expert in the evolution of human nutrition, hunter-gatherer societies, and the division of labor between the sexes. 
An expert in human evolution, diet, and gut microbiome.

Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

November 18, 2020
Alona D. Angosta (Nursing), Andrew Thomas Reyes (Nursing), Chad Cross (Public Health), Komal Sood (Medicine) and Trevor Pollom (Anthropology) recently published an article, Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge, Risk Factors, and Resilience Level among U.S. Veterans with and without Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, in The Journal of the American...
November 17, 2020
Kayleigh Meighan (Anthropology) won runner-up for the national “Raising Our Voices” three-minute thesis competition of the American Anthropological Association where she presented her research on co-sleeping mothers and infants in the U.S. She is a doctoral student. Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) is her advisor.
October 6, 2020
Stephanie Schnorr (Anthropology) published an invited piece, "Insights into Health and Disease from Ancient Biomolecules," in the recent themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Sciences. Her contribution was highlighted in the editorial to the special issue as providing a "groundbreaking perspective" that...
September 29, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar award to continue research on the first inhabitants of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.  His research will focus on the site of Ais Giorkis that he has excavated for the past several years. He also will work with the Department of Antiquities on issues related to the prehistory of...
September 21, 2020
Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) is the 2020 winner of the American Anthropological Association General Anthropology Division Prize for Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship for his article “Uncertain Futures: The Unfinished Houses of Undocumented Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico” (2017), in American Anthropologist. In this article, Sandoval-Cervantes...
September 8, 2020
Jennifer Byrnes (Anthropology) has co-authored a chapter that appears in a new edited volume, The Bioarchaeology of Structural Violence: A Theoretical Framework for Industrial Era Inequality, edited by Lori A. Tremblay and Sarah Reedy. The chapter, "The Erie County Poorhouse (1828–1926) as a Heterotopia: A Bioarchaeological Perspective," co-...