Accomplishments: Department of Anthropology

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...
November 30, 2020
Alyssa Crittenden and Spencer Holmes (both Anthropology,) in collaboration with UNITE Passion Project,  contributed a film sharing their work with the Olanakwe Community Fund, a community-based aid organization promoting educational and economic sovereignty of the Hadzabe community of Tanzania. The short film, which discusses Crittenden's work as an anthropologist and as a co-leader and co-founder of the organization, was produced and directed by UNLV film students.    
November 18, 2020
Alona D. Angosta (Nursing), Andrew Thomas Reyes (Nursing), Chad Cross (Public Health), Komal Sood (Medicine) and Trevor Pollom (Anthropology) recently published an article, Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge, Risk Factors, and Resilience Level among U.S. Veterans with and without Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, in The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.         
November 17, 2020
Kayleigh Meighan (Anthropology) won runner-up for the national “Raising Our Voices” three-minute thesis competition of the American Anthropological Association where she presented her research on co-sleeping mothers and infants in the U.S. She is a doctoral student. Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) is her advisor.
October 6, 2020
Stephanie Schnorr (Anthropology) published an invited piece, "Insights into Health and Disease from Ancient Biomolecules," in the recent themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Sciences. Her contribution was highlighted in the editorial to the special issue as providing a "groundbreaking perspective" that underscores the significance of soil ecology in shaping the human microbiome — editors remarking that her study demonstrates that the "soil beneath us,...
September 29, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar award to continue research on the first inhabitants of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.  His research will focus on the site of Ais Giorkis that he has excavated for the past several years. He also will work with the Department of Antiquities on issues related to the prehistory of the island. He will be based at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia.  The COVID-19 crisis has delayed the start of the...
September 21, 2020
Ivan Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) is the 2020 winner of the American Anthropological Association General Anthropology Division Prize for Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship for his article “Uncertain Futures: The Unfinished Houses of Undocumented Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico” (2017), in American Anthropologist. In this article, Sandoval-Cervantes analyzes the relationship between undocumented migration, materiality, and family that cross national borders, focusing on houses that are built by...
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.