Alyssa Crittenden

Alyssa Crittenden is an anthropologist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who studies the relationship between human behavior and the environment (ecological, political, and social). Her research interests fall within the domains of Biological Anthropology, Behavioral Ecology, 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 impacted by climate change, political policy, 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.