Office Hours with John Gardner
Alyssa Crittenden shares how she connects her research in Tanzania to her work improving the graduate student experience. While developing access to education abroad, she realized the work needed to close equity gaps for graduate students. Join this discussion on reimagining graduate education for the betterment of society.
Dr. Alyssa Crittenden is the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Dean of the Graduate College, and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The university, and the Graduate College, are deeply committed to creating an environment where all students can thrive. UNLV is a large public university that holds the Carnegie R1 ranking for research and is a designated Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (ANNAPISI). In her role at UNLV, Alyssa is responsible for all academic, personnel, administrative, and financial activities within the graduate college, which supports more than 175 graduate certificate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs serving more than 5,000 graduate and professional students.
She began her academic career in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UNLV, teaching courses in human biology, reproduction, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and research ethics. Her research explores the relationship between behavior, reproduction, and the environment (ecological, political, and social) with an emphasis on nutrition and maternal and infant health & wellbeing. She has worked for the past twenty years with Hadzabe in Tanzania, a hunting and gathering community that still forages for a large portion of their diet. She is the recipient of the 2021 Conrad Arensberg Award from the American Anthropological Association for furthering anthropology as a natural science. Her current work with the Hadzabe community (see www.olanakwe.org) and her current role at UNLV both reflect her steadfast commitment to equitable access to education.