Professor Alyssa Crittenden, Ph.D.

Professor Alyssa Crittenden
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of California, San Diego
Our long evolutionary relationship with food is often hailed by anthropologists as one of the key milestones in human evolution.

Dr. Alyssa Crittenden is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Crittenden’s focus in anthropology is on behavioral ecology and nutritional anthropology. She does field research among the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania, East Africa. Her research interests include the evolution of the human diet, the evolution of childhood, and the origins of the division of labor between the sexes. Dr. Crittenden’s work crosses several disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, ecology, nutrition, and human biology.

Dr. Crittenden has received multiple awards for her research contributions, including the prestigious Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Award for 2017. Her research on the role of honey in human evolution and her work on Hadza diet and the gut microbiome have been widely published in both top-tier academic journals and highlighted in popular outlets, such as National Geographic magazine, Smithsonian magazine, and Psychology Today. Dr. Crittenden has also appeared on the BBC, on PBS and NPR, as well as in several documentaries. Her research among the Hadza was the basis of a TED Talk for EDxUNLV in 2016.

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  1. Food, Science, and the Human Body Sale

    Food, Science, and the Human Body

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    In these 36 lectures, get answers to questions about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies. Bringing together insights from fields including anthropology, health science, biology, and sociology, this partnership between The Great Courses and National Geographic lays bare what science can teach us about food.
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    (Set) Food, Science, and the Human Body & Anthropology and the Study of Humanity

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    Look at life through the eyes of an anthropologist with this two-course set. Join an award-winning anthropologist and National Geographic for an exploration of the evolution of the human diet in Food, Science, and the Human Body. Then, gain a complete understanding of one of the world’s most engaging — and human — sciences with Anthropology and the Study of Humanity.
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    (Set) Food, Science, and the Human Body & Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise

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    Explore our relationship with food in this two-course set. Start by joining an award-winning anthropologist and National Geographic for an exploration of the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies with Food, Science, and the Human Body. Then, examine the latest scientific research in the field of performance nutrition with Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise.
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    (Set) Food, Science, and the Human Body & Nutrition Made Clear

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    Discover what foods we evolved to eat and why with this two-course set. Think twice about your dinner plate and the science of the human diet with Food, Science, and the Human Body. Then, sort through nutrition misconceptions and replace them with hard science you can understand thanks to Nutrition Made Clear.
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    (Set) Food, Science, and the Human Body & Food: A Cultural Culinary History

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    Think twice about your dinner plate with this eye-opening two-course set. Explore the fascinating evolution of the human diet with an Anthologist in Food, Science, and the Human Body. Then, travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras—as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today with Food: A Cultural Culinary History.
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    (Set) Food, Science, and the Human Body & How to Stay Fit as You Age

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    Discover fascinating insights into our bodies and how we fuel it with this two-course set. Join an anthropologist and National Geographic for an exploration of the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies in Food, Science, and the Human Body. And, develop a balanced, adaptable fitness program that will help you stay fit throughout your life with How to Stay Fit as You Age.