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Alyssa Crittenden

Associate Professor
Department(s): Anthropology
Office: WRI-A 106
Phone: 702-895-3709
Fax: 702-895-4823
Email: alyssa.crittenden@unlv.edu


Alyssa Crittenden is an anthropologist who studies the evolution of human behavior as it relates to nutrition and reproduction. In order to answer some of the burning questions about what makes the human species unique, she studies the links between diet composition, growth and development, family formation, and child rearing in small-scale societies. She has worked with the Hadza of Tanzania, East Africa — one of the world’s last remaining hunting and gathering populations — since 2004.

Her work is published widely in top-tier academic journals as well as highlighted in popular outlets, such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, the BBC, Psychology Today, and on National Public Radio. Alyssa Crittenden is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine.


Ph.D.: University of California, San Diego (2009)

Research Interests

Cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, behavioral ecology, nutritional anthropology, hunter-gatherers, cooperative breeding, life history theory, evolution of childhood, ontogeny of prosocial behavior, evolution of human diet and sexual division of labor, Tanzania, East Africa.