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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

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Professor Alyssa Crittenden
People | May 20, 2022

Crittenden, a professor and graduate coordinator for UNLV's department of anthropology, will begin her new position on July 1.

artist rendering of scientists working on data related to gut flora
Research | May 16, 2022

In May 16 issue of Nature Microbiology, researchers and Indigenous activists call for more ethical approach to collecting biological data. 

"bathtub ring" around Lake Mead
Research | May 13, 2022

How UNLV anthropologist Jennifer Byrnes is helping improve training for forensic scientists.

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

Anthropology In The News

KCCI 8 News
June 26, 2022

Over the past two decades, Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, has dropped 180 feet and is now less than 30 percent full, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The water levels have dropped so low, grim discoveries are being revealed, and some believe it's only the beginning.

CBS News
June 20, 2022

Over the past two decades, Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, has dropped 180 feet and is now less than 30 percent full, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The water levels have dropped so low, grim discoveries are being revealed, and some believe it's only the beginning.

KCRW
June 16, 2022

You might not know it, but there’s a cottage industry in Los Angeles that supports women interested in eating their placentas in the early days of motherhood for the reputed health benefits.

Insider
June 3, 2022

A severe drought brought on by climate change revealed an ancient Bronze Age city in Iraq, and gave archaeologists a chance to map it, researchers announced Monday.

Yahoo!
June 2, 2022

A severe drought brought on by climate change revealed an ancient Bronze Age city in Iraq, and gave archaeologists a chance to map it, researchers announced Monday.

KJZZ 91.5
May 20, 2022

The impacts of colonialism and unseemly research reverberate to this day. But, outside of the social sciences and some genomics, efforts to involve and protect Indigenous peoples remain nebulous.

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

June 24, 2022
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) participated in The World in Film program hosted by the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) from University of California, Berkeley. Sandoval-Cervantes discussed the film Guie'dani's Navel  (El ombligo de Guie'dani) in the context of Mexican Indigenous politics, internal migration,…
May 8, 2022
Lisa Johnson (Anthropology) presented "Multivocality of an Ancient Maya City: Archaeology, Tourism and Indigenous Landscapes of Palenque, Mexico" at the Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium.
April 24, 2022
Taylor Flaherty and Diana Simpson (both Anthropology) won the British Association for Forensic Anthropology and Missing People UK ‘Told in 90 Seconds’ Charity Research Competition with the talk "(Mis)Identifying a Transgender Woman Using FORDISC in 90 Seconds." Flaherty made the presentation. The research team included Jenny Byrnes (Anthropology)…
April 20, 2022
Carlos S. Dimas (History) gave a virtual talk at the University of Idaho on the history of coffee production and the influence of climate change in El Salvador. The talk is part of an article he is researching and writing on the history of nutrition, hunger, and agriculture in El Salvador during the Cold War.
April 18, 2022
Heather Frigiola (Anthropology), a doctoral student who studies with professor Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes, has published a paper, "Canine Ministries: Co-Instrumentality of Human and Dog in a Christian Ontology," in the AAA journal Anthropology and Humanism. She is a Ph.D. student.
April 8, 2022
Levent Atici (Anthropology and Undergraduate Research) is elected to be a national councilor in the Undergraduate Research Programs Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) which aims to support and promote high-quality, mentored undergraduate research through the active involvement of its members. CUR division councilors share in…