Our faculty are redefining social science
Our unit includes more than 60 experts whose work bridges cultural, geographic and scientific boundaries, including four members of the National Academy of Sciences. We are a school filled with faculty looking forward into the future of social science. Most exciting is the large cohort of transdisciplinary-minded scholars who have joined us over the last decade. They are redefining in real time how social science research and training is imagined, so that its societal impact will be even greater in the years ahead.
Abbott is an archaeologist fascinated by the ancient Hohokam, who engineered huge irrigation canals across the Phoenix Basin but without a political hierarchy. His research is unraveling this cultural evolutionary enigma.
Aguilar's interests range from sociocultural anthropology: insider vs. outsider perspective to ethnic and class relations.
Bolin blends hazards geography, political ecology and critical theory to study environmental justice and human vulnerability to environmental and technological hazards.
Brandy's interests include sociocultural anthropology: Native American Culture, linguistics, and sense of place.
Carr's areas of interest include: archaeology, prehistory of eastern North America, religious rituals and knowledge, mortuary practices, and art.
Chance studies sociocultural anthropology, including race and class in Colonial Mexico.
Clark is known nationally for his contributions to quantified archaeological research designs and internationally for his work on hunter-gatherer adaptations, epistemology and human origins.
Eder's interests center on sociocultural anthropology in Palawan, Philippines and natural resource management.
Falconer's is interested in archaeology, the prehistory and history of Southwestern Asia and Mediterranean Basin.
Hackett's interests focus on sociology and the social organization and dynamics of scientific research.
Harlan's studies sociology, the effects of urban heat on vulnerable populations and socio-environmental inequalities.
Hudaks studies sociocultural anthropology: Linguistics and Southeast Asia.
In addition to Southwest U.S. fieldwork, Kintigh's research focuses on digital repositories, synthesis, and the use of quantitative methods in archaeology.
Martin's research interests focus on medical anthropology, the interrelations of power and economics with biology and Type II Diabetes.
Merbs' interests lie in physical anthropology: Human Osteology, Disease Ecology and Forensic Anthropology.
Nash's areas of focus is in physical anthropology: primate social behavior and ecology, Galagos and the role of gum.
Nelson's research focuses on cycles of social complexity and connectivity among the ancient cultures of northwestern Mexico and the American Southwest and on human roles in and responses to the desertification of grasslands.
Nelson's teaching emphasizes critical thinking and effective communication. She is the president of the Distinguished Teaching Academy at ASU. She also studies aspects of the current status of women in archaeology.
Rice studies archaeology: complex social organizations, community systems, the Hohokam and Mogollon regions.
Simon's interests include the study of prehistoric social organization and craft production through technological and compositional analysis of ceramics and other artifacts; materials science; and quantitative methods.
Spielmann's research interests focus on prehistoric economies in smaller-scale societies, primarily in North America.
Archaeology: Origins and Development of Complex Mesoamerican Societies
Steadman's research area is sociocultural anthropology: kinship; religion; witchcraft;and Papua New Guinea
Williams studies physical anthropology: transplantation and Native American genetics and epidemiology.