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Alyssa Crittenden

Lincy Assistant Professor


Alyssa Crittenden is an anthropologist who studies the evolution of behavior and nutrition. 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 — for the past 10 years.

Her work is published widely in top-tier academic journals as well as highlighted in popular outlets, such as The SmithsonianNational Geographic, the BBCPsychology Today, and on National Public Radio. Crittenden is currently the Lincy Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 


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

Expert areas

Evolution of the human diet, cooperative breeding, evolution of childhood, reproductive ecology, ontogeny of prosociality, attachment theory, and life history theory

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