Keynote speakers

2018 SCCR Keynote Speakers listed below in alphabetical order


Glenn Adams, PhD

adamsGlenn Adams is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Kansas and currently acting as Faculty Associate Director of the Kansas African Studies Center. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone before completing his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Stanford University. His graduate training included two years of field research in Ghana, which provided the empirical foundation for his research on cultural-psychological foundations of relationship. His current work builds on this foundation to investigate the coloniality of knowledge in psychological science and to articulate models of human development and ways of living that promote sustainable well-being for broader humanity.

Talk: Against Developmentality: Decolonial Approaches to Human Development

Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 9:00AM

Elizabeth Cashdan, PhD

82506_webElizabeth Cashdan is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. She uses the theoretical perspectives of evolutionary ecology and evolutionary psychology to understand various aspects of human behavior. Her current research is focused on understanding sex differences in mobility, navigation, and spatial cognition, where she and her colleagues recently received additional funding to study the development of these abilities in children cross-culturally. Her overseas fieldwork has been with hunter-gatherers in Botswana (Bushmen) and Tanzania (Hadza).

Talk: Sex Differences in Mobility and Wayfinding: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 5:00PM

Erin Hannon, PhD

UNLV Department of Psychology's Erin Hannon poses October 8, 2014 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services)

Erin Hannon is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research program combines her interests in cognition, culture, infant and child development, music and dance, and language. Her research examines how an individual’s culture-specific listening experiences influence his or her perception of music, the similarities and differences between musical and linguistic skills as they develop and perhaps interact during infancy and childhood, how we acquire the ability to move in time with music, and how developmental milestones in music perception might be related to other social, cognitive, and linguistic abilities and behaviors.

Talk: Learning to Dance to Your Own Tune: The Role of Child Development in Human Musicality

Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:00PM

Robert Hitchcock, PhD

faculty_nature-soc_hitchcockRobert Hitchcock is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He is a cultural anthropologist and human ecologist who has spent much of his professional career working on issues facing current and former hunters and gatherers and agropastoral peoples, particularly in Africa. His focal areas include cross-cultural research on social and economic change, resettlement, livelihood rights, and well-being of indigenous people, minorities, and refugees. A board member of the Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF), a non-profit organization that assists people in southern Africa, he also teaches courses in anthropology, human rights, and interdisciplinary research, provides anthropological expertise in land and resource rights cases, and conducts social and environmental impact assessments of large dams, agricultural projects, and conservation programs in Africa, the Middle East, and North and South America.

Title: In Search of Justice: Applying Social Science Data to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Southern Africa

Time: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:00PM

David Lancy, PhD


David Lancy is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University. His work  focuses on the anthropology of childhood,  in particular, the study of delayed personhood, the chore curriculum, children as a reserve labor force, children growing up in a Neontocracy, how children acquire their culture, socio-historical analyses of schooling, and the culture of street kids. He has done fieldwork with children in Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, Sweden, Uganda, Madagascar, and in the US. He has authored several impactful books, including Anthropology of Childhood:  Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings and Playing on the Mother Ground. In 2011, he was given Utah State University’s Thorne award as the premier scholar.

Talk: Children as Helpers: Evidence for a Universal Stage in Human Life History

Time: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9:00AM