About the Lambda Alpha Journal


The Lambda Alpha Journal is a publication of student papers by members of the Lambda Alpha National Honors Society for Anthropology and is published regularly at the Wichita State University Department of Anthropology. Professional, avocational, student manuscripts, and book reviews of recent publications are welcome. The journal is made possible through the efforts of the Journal editorial staff residing at the founding chapter, Alpha of Kansas . Funding for the Journal is obtained through subscriptions and continuing sponsorship by the Student Government Association of Wichita State University.


Editor in Chief : Dr. Peer H. Moore-Jansen
Founded by Dr. Lowell D. Holmes

Recent Submissions

  • Lambda Alpha Journal, v.46 (complete version) 

    Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
  • Letter from the editor 

    Moore-Jansen, Peer H. (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    Papers entertain questions pertaining to greater appreciation of 1) how social media platforms can facilitate broader communication and discourse among Latin American youth (Sierra); 2) the significance of the Ghost Dance ...
  • 18th Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium, Wichita State University, April 16, 2016 

    Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    Abstracts of student papers delivered at the 18th Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium held on April 16, 2016, Wichita State University.
  • The short comings of "Hair-itage": A closer look at Wenda Gu's united nations 

    Cheadle, Christina (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    The contemporary Chinese artist Wenda Gu's prolific artistic repertoire begins pre-Communist China. Dormant since 2007, Gu's work in the 1990s and 2000s propelled him into international fame as an installation artist. His ...
  • Weaning across primates: A hominid blueprint for weaning 

    Sinclair, Margaret (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    To determine a possible "natural" weaning age for humans I will statistically examine four life-history parameters as discussed by Dettwyler 1995: 1) Birth weight to weaning weight ratio, 2) Percentage of adult weight, 3) ...
  • Disagreeing in bogota YouTubers' sites: A playful display of identities and solidarity through the use of disagreement 

    Sierra, Jennifer (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    As Social Media continues to transform and expand contemporary linguistic landscapes, this paper intends to add to the analyses of the new communicative practices taking place in these sites. Even though social media has ...
  • The politics of palliative care in resource-limited settings: The quest to articulate "worth" in resource-limited North India 

    Richard, Kalei; Hosaka, James (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    "After my husband died and after discovering that I was HIV-positive and that three [out of five] of my children were infected too, I planned to push my children under a train and jump in after them (Figure 1). Thankfully, ...
  • The evolution of the Ghost Dance among the Lakota 

    Clough, Marina (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    The Lakota are indigenous to North America, specifically to the Great Plains. They belong to the Sioux confederation, which is a confederation of seven related Sioux tribes. The Lakota themselves are divided into seven ...
  • Sex estimation in forensic anthropology using the radius, femur, And scapula 

    Longe, Simone (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    According to the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, "forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to analyze human remains, and to aid in the detection of crime" ...
  • What's love got to do with it? 

    Figueras, Bianca (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016)
    In many instances, humans are a bizarre species. Unlike all other primates, humans have the ability to use language, read minds, invent intricate technologies, and create cumulative cultural knowledge and beliefs that are ...