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.49 (complete version) 

    Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
  • Letter from the editor 

    Moore-Jansen, Peer H. (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    The manuscripts included in the current volume reports address topics such as: 1) the evolution of color vision in primates (Kulick); 2) challenges to carry forward African American identity and cultural continuity in rural ...
  • 21st Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium, Wichita State University, April 13, 2019 

    Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    Abstracts of student papers delivered at the 21st Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium held on April 13, 2019, Wichita State University.
  • Privy to their secrets: A discussion of fetal remains from a New York privy 

    Murphy, Shayne (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    During the excavation of a privy shaft in upstate New York, archaeologists discovered the remains of a 36-week-old fetus. An unusual archaeological find, this discovery led to discussions of 19th century America and the ...
  • How the Athenian Plague affected the topography of Athens and vice versa 

    Stough, Mary Ashley (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    Diseases have been the biggest killers of humans. Some of the deadliest diseases that have afflicted humanity, including smallpox, the flu, tuberculosis, malaria, the bubonic plague, measles, and cholera, are "infectious ...
  • Visual archeology: Native American photographs as artifacts of the past 

    Moses, Coy J. (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    Woven throughout this paper is the thread of family photography, that concentrates on the importance of photographs to both researchers and descendant communities and considers why historical collections of photographs ...
  • Nuances of the nochtli 

    Clark, Lauren (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    The domestication of insects in order to create dye for textiles, food, and cosmetics has been practiced all over the world for much of human history. For instance, the scale insect called kermes, native to coastal ...
  • Re-defining "Indigeneity": Understanding claims to indigenous identity amongst Native American student association members 

    Kainu, Morgan (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    When initially considering where to focus my gaze for a semester-long research project, I found myself drawn to various communities on campus and to student activities and interactions. As a student in several classes with ...
  • Exploring the Amazon fake review economy 

    Milligan, Michaela J. (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    Maybe you've received one before: a small note, tucked away in an Amazon package, with a message like "if you have any issues please contact our customer service" or "receive a free second product in exchange for your ...
  • Monkey see... what? Evidence for ecological and social selection in the evolution of primate color vision 

    Kulick, Danielle (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    Vision allows us to perceive our world and gain information on our surroundings. It is an ancient trait that has evolved many times in the animal kingdom and has taken many shapes and forms in different organisms - from ...
  • The presentation of identity in museum culture 

    Becker, Lisa (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    The study of material culture is often affiliated with that of museum studies, both of which, comparatively speaking, are relatively young disciplines that have the ability to alter the personal identities and affiliations ...
  • Access to proper sanitation in the Okponglo Community: The need for public toilets 

    Sweatman, Hannah (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    The Boren Scholarship, a program focused on introducing Americans to less commonly taught languages, awarded me a yearlong scholarship to Ghana to study the language Twi. I spent twelve months in Ghana from August 2018 to ...
  • Over home: Rural African American heritage at Lyles Station consolidated school museum 

    Jackson, Sacha N. (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    In the late 19th century, over twenty African American farming communities existed in the state of Indiana. They were populated by formerly enslaved people and free persons of color who, post-Civil War, were looking to ...
  • Gender, culture, and the state in South Africa empowerment and education 

    Orzolek, London (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    When looking at gender South Africa, there are obvious disparities that exist across the nation. According to the World Economic Forum, a Swiss NGO, South Africa is the 19th worst country in regard to gender inequality ...
  • New interpretations of cranial and postcranial material in Neanderthals 

    Guerrero, Amanda (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    Homo neanderthalensis, colloquially known as "Neanderthals", were first discovered in 1856 at the Kleine Feldhofer Grotte in the Neander Valley near Düsseldorf, Germany. Neanderthals persisted through multiple glacial-interglacial ...
  • Book review: The bioarcheology of dissection and autopsy in the United States, Kenneth C. Nystrom 

    Yoo, Audrey (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2019)
    In The Bioarcheology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States, Kenneth C. Nystrom has compiled a range of articles that track the development of dissection and autopsy in the medical profession in the United States, ...