Alissa Ruth

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Academic Professional
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2402
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Teaching and Learning at School of Human Evolution and Social Change
University Staff
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2402

Biography

Alissa Ruth is the director of strategic initiatives within the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Ruth received her doctorate degree in sociocultural anthropology with a focus on immigration to the U.S. and undocumented immigrant youth. Broadly stated, her research focuses on structural inequalities faced by students of color and immigrants within the United States and how those individuals overcome obstacles for upward social mobility. For example, a past project investigated how undocumented immigrant youth, called DREAMers, utilized their knowledge of U.S. cultural and society in order to form community and claim rights.  

Before joining ASU in 2007, Ruth taught English as a Second Language at the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico for two years and is certified in student-centered teaching pedagogies. She has 15 years of higher education experience including research, teaching, advising, study abroad, curriculum design, and online program/course development.

Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Arizona State University 2014
  • M.S. Justice Studies, Arizona State University 2007
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Florida 1999

Research Interests

Diversity Issues in Higher Education, Migration to the U.S., Undocumented Immigrants/immigrant youth, 1.5 Generation Immigrants, Immigrant Health, Human Rights, Citizenship, with a regional focus Mexico/Latin America

Research Activity

Ruth is currently working on the following three research projects:

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways Study  This multi-year project, supported by the Cisco Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is focused on studying the educational and career development of underserved high school and community college youth, in relation to their exposure to social entrepreneurship curriculum. 
  • Intergenerational Family Dynamics in a New Era of Immigration  This multi-year, multi-faceted research project is examining various legal, economic, political, social and familial dimensions of today‚Äôs Mexican immigrants who have lived a majority of their lives in the United States.
  • Access, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education  This project seeks to understand what various interventions and mechanisms can promote pathways for successful higher education and skill development, specifically for historically underrepresented students.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ASB 484 Internship
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SSH 403 Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASM 414 Urban and Environmental Health
ASB 443 Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Culture in a Globalizing World
ASB 484 Internship
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 494 Special Topics
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
SSH 403 Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASM 414 Urban and Environmental Health
ASB 443 Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SSH 403 Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 494 Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
SSH 484 Internship
ASB 484 Internship
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ASM 338 Anthropological Field Session
SSH 484 Internship
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
SSH 405 Sr Seminar in Global Health
SSH 484 Internship
ASB 484 Internship
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
SSH 405 Sr Seminar in Global Health

Presentations

Ruth has overseen cutting-edge curricular projects including online programs, undergraduate research, and study abroad programs. An example of a project she managed was ASM 246 Human Origins--an open, digitally enabled course for ASUs Global Freshman Academy