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Alyssa Crittenden

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
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 relationship between human behavior and the environment (both ecological and social).  She seeks to better understand the links between diet composition, growth and development, and health outcomes in small-scale non-industrial societies. Her research interests fall within the domains of Biological Anthropology, Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Medicine, and Applied Evolutionary Anthropology.

She has worked with the Hadza of Tanzania, East Africa — one of the world’s last remaining hunting and gathering populations — since 2004. She is currently working with members of the Hadza community to explore how women and children’s health is influenced by climate change, shifts in diet composition, and ethnotourism.

Her work is published 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

Behavioral ecology, biological anthropology, cooperative breeding, evolution of childhood, evolution of human nutrition, food insecurity, growth and development, life history theory, maternal and infant health, water insecurity.