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About the School of Social Transformation

One of many transdisciplinary schools unique to Arizona State University, the School of Social Transformation brings together diverse scholars, students and communities in African and African American studies, Asian Pacific American studies, social and cultural pedagogy, justice and social inquiry, and women and gender studies.

Founded in 2009, the School of Social Transformation focuses on transformational knowledge, including creative research approaches to themes and questions embedded in broader historical, social and cultural contexts.

Our faculty, staff and students examine the processes of change and develop collaborative forms of teaching and knowledge creation in order to make discoveries, create social innovations and engage with others in changing the world.

We prepare our students to be informed members of society who are interdisciplinary, team-oriented, real­world problem solvers that can thrive in any environment, career or pursuit.

Our Areas of Study

African and African American Studies

An interdisciplinary program with a faculty trained in a variety of areas, from anthropology to political science, we examine a wide array of issues and accomplishments of African-descended peoples at various times and places in history.

Justice and Social Inquiry

One of the most comprehensive justice studies programs in the nation, we examine the intersecting forms of injustice and their historical sources in order to create inclusive pathways to justice and help those silenced by inequality.

Women and Gender Studies

Founded in 1974, our inclusive program is one of the largest and most vibrant in the nation. We focus on the connections between social locations, community and lived experience in a holistic and historical perspective.

Asian Pacific American Studies

Our program focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences to understand immigration, globalization and race relations in the U.S. and worldwide. Our award-wining faculty come together around social justice.

Social and Cultural Pedagogy

The study of learning beyond schooling, our program is the first of its kind in North America. We unite our scholars and educators around social justice in order to improve nontraditional education across societies, ages and educational background.


Dr. Lisa M. Anderson

Our Mission

The School of Social Transformation inspires students to generate creative approaches to persistent social challenges through our teaching, research and community collaboration.

Our Values

  • We are inclusive, creating community and building relationships. 
  • We explore and challenge boundaries. 
  • Social justice is at the heart of everything we do. 
  • We are optimistic and grounded in hope. 
  • We practice academic excellence.
  • We work in the real world, always applying our knowledge to today’s challenges.

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