Accomplishments: Department of Anthropology

April 20, 2021
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) presently is in Cyprus on a Fulbright award. While this has had to be modified due to COVID-19, he initially will spend two months at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute working on a monograph of his long-term National Science Foundation- (and other-) funded project at the Neolithic (ca. 9,000 years ago) settlement of Ais Giorkis. He is a distinguished professor emeritus.
April 16, 2021
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) presented a paper based on his project on animal rights/welfare activism in Ciudad Juárez, México, as part of a human rights panel, in the Society for Latin American Studies Virtual Conference. In this presentation, he explored how animal rights/welfare activists engage in discourses of human rights in their efforts to protect non-human animals. 
April 12, 2021
Kari Goold, Peter Gray (both Anthropology) and Reynafe Aniga (Psychology) recently published an article "Sports under Quarantine: A Case Study of Major League Baseball in 2020" in the journal Social Sciences. Goold and Aniga are McNair Scholars.
April 7, 2021
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) published the article "The Politics of Saving Dogs in Mexico" in the "General Anthropology Division Bulletin." This article summarizes his most recent research project that focuses on the animal welfare/rights activists working in Ciudad Juárez, México. 
April 2, 2021
Barbara J. Roth (Anthropology), along with coauthor and E. Charles Adams of the University of Arizona, had their book Agent of Change, the Deposition and Meaning of Ash in the Past published by Berghann Books, 2021.  Roth is lead editor and published two chapters in the volume.  It explores how prehistoric groups in North America used ash in ritual transformation.
February 17, 2021
Elizabeth Johnson (Anthropology) and Shelly Volsche, '13 BA Psychology, '15 MA Anthropology, and '17 PhD Anthropology, now of Boise State University, are authors of an article, "COVID-19: Companion Animals Help People Cope during Government-Imposed Social Isolation." The article was published in the journal Society and Animals. Johnson is a PhD student.    
February 2, 2021
Barbara Roth and Danielle Romero (both Anthropology), along with Katelyn DiBenedetto, '15 MA, '18 PhD Anthropology, recently published "Hunting Blinds, the Bow and Arrow, and Land Use Strategies in the Mojave Desert: New Insights from Afton Canyon" in the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. This article is based on archeological surveys and excavations that Roth and her students have been doing in the Mojave Sink region near Zzyzx, California. Romero is a doctoral student in...
January 27, 2021
Debra L. Martin (Anthropology) is the author of "Violence and Masculinity in Small-Scale Societies." Archeological and ethnographic accounts of violence in small-scale societies represent a baseline for thinking about the ways that violence and masculinity originated and evolved, becoming entwined social processes. Male violence (lethal and nonlethal) is expressed in diverse and complex ways because it is associated with social spheres of power and influence, and it is embedded within...
January 11, 2021
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology), as part of a large group of international scholars, recently was published in the journal Nature Human Behavior. The article, "Gendered Movement Ecology and Landscape Use in Hadza Hunter-Gatherers," examines the spatial behavior of a highly mobile community of foragers in Tanzania using GPS and movement data. 
January 4, 2021
Joseph B. Curran (Anthropology) has co-authored an article, "War Clubs in Southern California: an Interdisciplinary Study of Blunt Force Weapons and Their Impact," with with David E. Raymond, an associate professor in the California State University, Los Angeles department of mechanical engineering. The article has been published in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (JAMT). In this article an innovative interdisciplinary approach was utilized to understand how war clubs were used...
December 10, 2020
Barbara Roth (Anthropology) and Kathryn Baustian, '10 MA and '15 PhD Anthropology, published "Situational Power in Cooperative Communities: Indicators from Bioarchaeology in the Mimbres Region of Southwest New Mexico" in American Anthropologist.  
December 7, 2020
Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) presented his work on multispecies ethnography as part of a panel that brought together Mexican artists and academics. The panel, "Animal Politics: Sketches of a Non-Human Theater," included a short documentary as well as three presentations that discussed the relationship between non-human animals, voice, violence, and representation. This event was part of the Escala 2020 virtual conference organized by the Mexico's Ministry of Culture and the National...