Facts and Figures


8  American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows                           3  ASU President's Professors

5  Fulbright American Scholars                                                                                         2  ASU Foundation Professors

2  National Science Foundation Early Career Development Awardees                      1  ASU Centennial Professor

4  National Academy of Sciences Fellows                                                                      1  ASU Origins Professor

2  American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows                                                    12  Annual Visiting Researchers

1  Carnegie Fellow                                                                                                                62  Total Faculty Members

1 Ford Foundation Fellow                                                                                                   22  Emeriti Professors

4  Arizona Board of Regents Professors                                                                          54 Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors



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, 2016    

  • 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 last 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.



photo of Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve entrance

35             Labs, field stations and museums

12             Study abroad locations, field schools and global                     internships

3               Museums

11             Countries where our field stations are located

40             Countries where our faculty do research

72,311     Square feet of facilities space


As of spring 2017...

9000       students taught every year

4100       graduated alumni

783         undergraduate students

147          graduate students

115          bachelor degrees granted per semester

20            graduate 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.