Facts and Figures


8 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows3 President's Professors
5 Fulbright American Scholars1 Foundation Professor
2 National Science Foundation Early Career Development Awardees1 Centennial Professor
3 National Academy of Sciences Members1 ASU Origins Professor
2 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows12 Annual Visiting Researchers
1 Carnegie Fellow1 Ford Foundation Fellow
3 Regents Professors50 Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty



The school’s research endeavors encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and student participation in pursuit of solutions to real-world problems. Our research themes are: 

#1 in the U.S. for research expenditures in anthropology

– National Science Foundation Rankings, 2019

  • Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity
  • Societies and their Natural Environments
  • Biocultural Dimensions of Global Health
  • Culture, Heritage and Identity
  • Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions
  • Urban Societies


225 faculty-edited and/or authored papers, journals and books produced in academic year 2016-2017


Annual grants and awards (financial year 2016-2017) = $15.9 million


Our collections comprise over 2 million specimens, including ethnographic items; evolutionary artifacts, fossils, and remains; the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyphs – the largest concentration of Native American rock art in the Phoenix area – and more than 350,000 individual and bulk archaeological specimens.



Labs, field stations and museums
Study abroad locations, field schools and global internships
Countries where our field stations are located
Countries where our faculty do research
Square feet of facilities space


As of spring 2017...

9000students taught every year
4100graduated alumni
783undergraduate students
147graduate students
115bachelor degrees granted per semester
20graduate degrees granted per semester

In 2016-2017 alone, we had 10 students who won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

In the same year, 15 of our graduate and undergraduate students were awarded with ASU distinction.


Nearly 60% of our doctoral graduates hold positions in academia. Other recent alumni careers include hydrologist, interpreter, investigative epidemiologist, cultural resource director, archivist, curator, botanist, environmental consultant and historic preservation planner.