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Welcome to ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, one of the few academic environments on earth where research on traditional anthropological subjects such as cultures, ruins, stones, bones, and primates takes place alongside mathematical modeling of viral disease spread, healthy food initiatives, and water use.

Our school exists to explore the many untold chapters of the human story — focusing on the intersections of anthropology, global health, environmental sciences, and math for the life and social sciences — as well as to preserve and transfer that knowledge to those who desire to change our world for the better. 

While the nearly 1,000 individuals who comprise SHESC come from and work in many different places —  including 27 labs and eight research centers worldwide, five international study abroad locations, and three local museums — several common principles unite our efforts.

This is a picture of school director Kaye Reed at a site in Hadar.Photos by Benjamin Reed Photography

We believe that in learning about others, we learn about ourselves, and that by documenting our past we can better shape our shared future. In addition, nearly every aspect of our organization is set up to encourage thinking beyond existing disciplines and precedents, which makes innovation an expectation, rather than a novelty.

 

We focus on breakthroughs that are concrete and beneficial for all, so that our efforts have influence — not just in the confines of labs and classrooms — but in hospital rooms and living rooms, in rural villages, bustling metropolises, and in the many critical personal and global-level decisions to be made by our species moving forward.

Whether you are a prospective or current student, postdoctoral research associate, faculty or staff member, or one of the crucial external supporters who provide the financial fuel for our fire, know that SHESC is a place where you can help to bring the past, present, and future of the human kaleidoscope into sharper scientific focus.

Kaye Reed,
Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change