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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 | 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.

Mayan sculpture on display
Research | July 11, 2019

UNLV archaeologists Arlen and Diane Chase spoke with Salt Lake City alums as the Alumni Association launches its new Rebels Forever membership structure.

Anthropology In The News

The Daily Targum
September 7, 2020

Voter disillusionment is a real and pressing issue in our democracy.

The Great Courses Daily
July 15, 2020

According to BBC Travel, a species of ant called the Hormigas culonas—or “big-butt ant”—fetches prices as high as 300,000 Colombian pesos per kilogram, or approximately $83 USD. Part of the reason ants are in such high demand is due to their nutritional value, a recently studied and similar species shows.

Salon
June 30, 2020

The celebrated new Hulu program "Taste the Nation," hosted by acclaimed writer and "Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi, is a "journey across America" to explore the cuisines and connected life-stories of different immigrant groups. It makes an important statement about the value of immigrants in Trump's America, but the immigrant rights movement must learn key lessons from what it misrepresents and ignores.

Toronto Sun
June 26, 2020

Guys – are you looking for love during these uncertain times? Get a dog. Make it a French bulldog, a puppy for best results.

The Great Courses Daily
June 25, 2020

The diminishing sugar demand took a worldwide pandemic to occur, according to Bloomberg. “The global closure of restaurants, sports arenas, and cinemas means sugar demand will drop this season for the first time in four decades,” the article said. “Drink and confectionery sales at giants including Coca-Cola Co. and Nestle SA have fallen, and while economies start to reopen, it’s unclear how quickly demand will recover as incomes and employment fall.”

Anthropologist on the Street Podcast
June 15, 2020

Anthropology graduate student Lyndsey Craig examines pubic hair removal practices across 72 societies, and how the practices are tied to cultural concerns about hygiene and sexual activity. Whereas most literature on public hair removal practices focus primarily on Western cultures, in particular how women are included in and affected by marketing, pornography, and pop culture, Craig and biological anthropologist Dr. Peter Gray performed historical, cross-cultural research across dozens of non-Western societies. They found that whether and how pubic hair was removed depended on a diverse array of cultural messages about hygiene, fertility, sexuality and beauty.

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

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-...
July 22, 2020
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) published an article on the Mazatec Indigenous use of hallucinogenic mushrooms in relation to the recent use of psychedelic substances for clinical use. The article, "Re-territorializing María Sabina: Huautla, Mushrooms, and Politics," is part of the Society of Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots Series on the...
July 9, 2020
Peter Gray and Alex Straftis (both Anthropology), along with UNLV alum Timothy McHale, '17 PhD Anthropology, and other colleagues, published a review paper on human reproductive behavior, life history, and testosterone as part of a 30-year anniversary special issue in the journal Hormones and Behavior devoted to the "Challenge Hypothesis." The "...
July 8, 2020
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) was interviewed for a recent episode of The Food Programme on the BBC about the significance of wild meat to many Indigenous and global food systems. The story, called "Why Eat Wild Meat?" explores legal and illegal global trade in wild meat after links have been made between the COVID-19 pandemic and wild animal...
July 1, 2020
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) and Iván Sandoval Cervantes (Anthropology) published an op-ed in Salon, "Who Doesn't Love a Taco? Taste the Nation and the Problem with Neoliberal Immigrant Rights Activism."
June 26, 2020
Alyssa Crittenden, Trevor Pollom, and Kristen Herlosky (all Anthropology) and Chad Cross (Medicine), along with Elle Ford, '17 BA Psychology, recently authored a paper, "Effects of a Mixed‐Subsistence Diet on the Growth of Hadza Children," in the American Journal of Human Biology. It explores the early effects of dietary transition among hunter-...