Discover the global human experience


Use-inspired research during the coronavirus pandemic
Our global health experts and anthropologists are focused on understanding and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the communities we serve. These and other projects harness the expertise of our faculty and the energy of our students, who are actively involved in pandemic research and response.

Arizona response and modeling

ASU COVID-19 Public Health Response Team
Associate Professor Megan Jehn

Modeling for ASU and state officials
Associate Professor Megan Jehn

Refugee community impacts
Assistant Research Scientist Roseanne Schuster

Food and water insecurity

Community, crisis and food insecurity
President's Professor Alexandra Brewis Slade

COVID-19 and water insecurity
President's Professor Amber Wutich

Supporting indigenous communities

Assistant Professor Ben Trumble

Latin America
Professor Ana Magdalena Hurtado

Associate Professor Jonathan Maupin

Policy and governance

COVID-19 and decentralized governance
Assistant Professor Adam Lampert

Disease modeling and the open exchange of knowledge
Professor Michael Barton

COVID-19 information

Fall 2021 update  |  FAQ page  |  Novel coronavirus updates

Ground-breaking collaborative social science

At the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, we seek to understand the origins and implications of our human uniqueness – such as culture, cooperation and complexity. We combine the skills and perspectives of the largest anthropology and global health programs in the nation with smaller, hand-crafted ones in environmental social science, museum studies and applied math. Our energetic collaborations within and beyond our school are redefining social science as key to solving our most pressing and immediate human challenges – like disease, conflict and declining resources. We are also very proud to be training the next generation of extraordinary leaders for academia and beyond.

Inspiration at ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Our school by the numbers


In the U.S. for research expenditures in anthropology


Our collections comprise nearly 2 million specimens


We house 40+ labs devoted to a range of subjects, from geo- archaeology to genetics

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Our faculty

Meet our world-class faculty and learn more about their research investigating fundamental questions about the human experience.  

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Undergraduate research

Our wildly popular research apprenticeship program pairs undergraduates with faculty to collaborate on important, innovative research projects.

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Study abroad

Our acclaimed study abroad programs allow students and faculty to travel together, learning from each other as they explore the globe.