Accomplishments: Department of Anthropology

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-authored with Jennifer Muller (Ithaca College) and David Ingleman (University of California, Santa Cruz), employs Galtung's concepts of cultural and...
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 psychedelic revival. 
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 "Challenge Hypothesis" was advanced in 1990 by John Wingfield and colleagues to help organize an understanding of testosterone and male social behavior...
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 populations.  
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-gatherers navigating sociopolitical and ecological change in East Africa.  
June 9, 2020
Trevor R. Pollom, Kristen N. Herlosky, and Alyssa N. Crittenden (all Anthropology), along with Ibrahim A. Mabulla of the National Museum of Tanzania, are the authors of "Changes in Juvenile Foraging Behavior among the Hadza of Tanzania during Early Transition to a Mixed-Subsistence Economy," which appears in Human Nature.
June 8, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has been awarded one of the newly established joint grants from the Archaeological Institute of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award is for continued research on early economic strategies for the Neolithic (ca. 7500 BC) residents of Ais Giorkis in Cyprus. Specifically, it focuses on obtaining residues from ground stone artifacts, which previously have shown not only food uses but medicinal ones as well.
May 20, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) is a co-author of an article in Nature-Scientific Reports. The article is a cross-disciplinary study that incorporates some of his archeological research on Cyprus.  "Tracking the Near Eastern Origins and European Dispersal of the Western House Mouse" examines the spread of the common house mouse in early agricultural sites and has implications for cat domestication, some of the earliest  of which appears in Cyprus.
May 14, 2020
Peter Gray (Anthropology) and South African colleagues published a paper in The Aging Male on men's self-reported experiences on androgen deprivation therapy. The project involved 22 men recruited at a South African oncology clinic, with a variety of impacts of the thearpy reported. The findings are situated within discussions of existing research on androgen deprivation therapy largely from North American or European samples, and broader views of testosterone and male social behavior.
May 4, 2020
Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) published "En Busca del Bienestar Animal en Ciudad Juárez: Dos Manifestaciones del Animalismo" in Cuadernos Fronterizos, a quarterly academic journal published by the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 
April 23, 2020
Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) has received a grant from the Culture and Animals Foundation to conduct research on his project "Redefining Dog Breeds in Mexico City: Race, Nationalism, and Compassion." This project will examine the relationship between dog breed and dog adoption in Mexico City. Rescue dog organizations are redefining dog breeds using racial terminology, such as mestizo (mixed). This terminology seeks to provoke compassion, empathy, and higher adoption rates. It is also...