Accomplishments: Department of Anthropology
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...
March 18, 2020
Lyndsey Craig and Peter Gray (both Anthropology) published a paper in PLoS ONE based on Craig's master's research. The study, "Women's Use of Intimate Apparel as Subtle Sexual Signals in Committed, Heterosexual Relationships," takes an evolutionary-oriented approach to women's sexuality within relationships. The research is relevant to understanding the large market for women's intimate apparel, and extends work that focuses on women's appearance enhancements during the initiation of...
February 3, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has just published a major article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. The article, "Agricultural Origins and Their Consequences in Southwestern Asia," summarizes some of the consequences, both good and bad, of the Neolithic Revolution. Simmons is a distinguished professor emeritus.
November 26, 2019
Jennifer Byrnes (Anthropology) has co-authored a chapter that appears in a new edited volume, Evaluating Evidence in Biological Anthropology: The Strange and the Familiar, edited by Cathy Willermet and Sang-Hee Lee. The chapter, "(Re)Discovering Paleopathology: Integrating Individuals And Populations In Bioarchaeology," co-authored with Ann L. W. Stodder (University of New Mexico and Museum of New Mexico), reviews the underpinnings of the enhanced articulation of paleopathology and...
November 7, 2019
Jennifer Byrnes (Anthropology) has co-authored a chapter that appears in a new edited volume, Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology: Bonified Skeletons, edited by Heather Garvin and Natalie Langley. The chapter, "Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Analytical Feasibility of Ancestry Estimation," co-authored with Joseph Hefner (Michigan State University), reviews two unique forensic anthropology cases that utilize a relatively new method in estimating ancestry in the human skeleton in order...