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Pardis Mahdavi possesses a deep reservoir of empathy.
There’s a scene in Season 1, Episode 2 of FX’s acclaimed series "Pose" that chronicles the ballroom culture of New York City in the late '80s and early '90s, wherein one of the main characters, Bla
In 2016, what began as a grassroots effort against the Dakota Access Pipeline drilling project in North Dakota grew into a sweeping movement gathering thousands of protesters from around the countr
Less than a year after the groundwork was first laid for a collaboration between Arizona State University and Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, a delegation
Arizona State University Associate Professor Heather Switzer and alumna Anastasia Todd are using the power of narrative to break the current fr
The School of Social Transformation is excited to announce that Pardis Mahdavi has been named its new director.
Whether used to explore the nuances of human evolution or to examine the political, ecological and cultural facets shaping the human experience today, the social sciences give us the tools to
Each spring, high school students across the U.S. declare their college decisions, a first major step in carving their future path, and it deserves celebration.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement.
The U.S.-Mexico border is a complicated mosaic of unpredictable policies and shifting economic tides. A patchwork of man-made and natural barriers spanning four U.S.
When speaking with young writers, Chicana essayist, playwright and poet Cherríe Moraga has a perennial piece of wisdom — for an authentic voice, go home.
The 18th annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival, held at Arizona State University Feb.
An English master’s student, a business sophomore and an urban planning undergrad walk into a classroom. There is no punchline here, and they are all in the right place.
Ellie Perez, an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, was born in Veracruz, Mexico.
Putting mortarboards on Native Americans has historically been a challenge for colleges and universities.
A hit comedy series that helped to shape the image of the modern-day woman has been adopted into a gender studies class at Arizona State University.
On Tuesday, Dec.
Perceptive residents of downtown Phoenix may already be aware of the latest mural to crop up in the city’s ever-growing collection.
Thousands of Americans every year contribute their time and abilities to communities around the world through service in the Peace Corps.
NCAA college basketball rarely makes it to the far reaches of the Navajo Nation.
Capturing a big, complex idea in 60 seconds is not easy.
Mary Romero, a professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, recently presented her research at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Recent and ongoing changes to U.S.
The double meaning of the title of the movie “Hidden Figures” remains a go-to for what was, is and could be for women and girls in science.
In late May, Professor Nina Berman of the School of International Letters and Cultures, Professor Beth Blue Swadener of the School of Social Transformation and Lecturer Paul Quinn, director of the
Arizona State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is proud to announce K. Tsianina Lomawaima as this year’s Gary S. Krahenbuhl Difference Maker Award winner.
Most people go to college to enhance their education, bolster their professional status and increase their earning power.
In the 1950s, after the Indian Relocation Act was enacted, Priscilla Espinoza’s family moved from the Gila River Indian Community in the far southeast Valley to Southern Cali
Arizona State University's Human Rights Film Festival provided an opportunity for students to engage in conversations on a variety of topics related to human rights and social justice.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated at Arizona State University in April and nationally in May, but in the Asian Pacific American Studie
Arizona State University School of Social Transformation Professor K.
As another academic year winds down, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is awarding faculty members who have gone far beyond expectations to facilitate scholarly
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected three Arizona State University faculty members to its Class of 2018.
A promotion is taking School of Social Transformation Academic Success Coordinator Tanya Marun to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Office of Student and Academic Programs.
The School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University is a collaborating partner of the Race, Sex, Power 2018 conference — an event structu
On Tuesday, May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities
Incarceration. Migration. Refugees. Colonialism. Environmental destruction.
Students from the Pueblo graduate cohort program at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation recently plac
Social media is indiscriminately ruthless and knows no boundaries — even in remote places such as Indian country.
In the wake of the flagship Women’s March in January 2017 and the bombshell #MeToo movement that followed in October, women’s issues have experienced a resurgence in society’s collective consciousn
Arizona State University School of Social Transformation Professor Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy was elected as a member of the National Academy of Education — a nonprofit organization working to ad
The Social and Cultural Pedagogy master's degree program of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University co-organized "Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Bridging Traditions a
The YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix recognized Elsie Moore, Arizona State University School of Social Transformation professor and director, by awarding her with its 20
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has selected Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, President’s Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at A
Civil rights advocate and law professor Anita Hill said Monday that while women are currently experiencing "a movement” and moving the needle on sexual harassment, it hasn’t happened quickly enough
On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n
As the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to dominate national headlines and new survivors come forward on a near daily basis, some believe the media attention on this case is a tipping point.
In his in his award-winning book "Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change," Arizona State University Professor Charles T.
The ideals of a presidential candidate, the histories of persecuted peoples and the motives behind terror attacks are all things that can be better understood with a knowledge of the religions that
In her final weeks as a dancer with the New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan famously said, “In ballet, if you’re over 40, you’re a dinosaur.” She was 47 years old at the time.
Over the weekend, moviegoers everywhere flocked to theaters for the premiere of the latest DC-Warner Bros.
It’s not every day one’s name is mentioned in the same breath as the name Rosa Parks. It’s also not every one who has the honor of sharing that space with the late civil rights icon.
The word “justice” evokes thoughts of courtrooms, police officers, lawyers and judges for most people.
The United States is home to more than 320 million people from dozens of countries and ancestries, in addition to Native American peoples.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.
Native American communities across the U.S.
On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th
Heated rhetoric and finger-pointing dominate U.S. politics and headlines. But what happens to the people whose stories don’t make the news but whose lives are deeply affected by policy choices?
Arizona State University is a massive engine that runs at warp speed, and a new initiative is inviting a group of campus leaders to look under the hood so they can keep it going decades into the fu
Arizona State University has hit upon a new solution to help Native American men and boys overcome the host of obstacles that block the path to socioeconomic success for so many: Get outside the cl
The sixth annual ASU Prison Education Conference will bring together a broad coalition of e
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the confirmation process for high-court nominees is essentially useless because the public wants to know how a candidate would rule — something she told a
This year the Justice and Social Inquiry faculty in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University is proud to host U.S.
On Tuesday, Dec.
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.
For Debbie Reese, cutting classes in high school was an opportunity to indulge her passions.
When ASU professor Rashad Shabazz hears Prince classics like “1999” and “Little Red Corvette,” he hears musical artistry and creative genius, to be sure.
Weeks ahead of Women’s Equality Day, President Barack Obama amplified the national conversation around gender rights with an essay in Glamour magazine that declared he “is what a feminist looks lik
Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series following members of the first ASU Pueblo Indian Doctoral Cohort.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series following members of the first ASU Pueblo Indian Doctoral Cohort.
Three remarkable undergraduates at Arizona State University have persevered in the face of adversity – breaking cultural barriers, overcoming learning deficiencies and resolving financial difficult
One institute, two academic units and four schools within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are welcoming new directors and chairs.
Elsie Moore has taken a new leadership position as the director of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.
Driven by a passion to educate people about alcoholism and recovery, Arizona State University professor Linda Lederman aims to make a difference in the lives of many by fighting the stigma of weakn
Quanah Parker was a Comanche leader and fierce warrior who sought and obtained peace for his people at a crucial point in their history.
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.
On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t
Matthew Desmond is an ASU alum and a sociologist at Harvard.
ASU alum Luis Fernandez was recently elected president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).
Mexico’s emerging energy reforms and the rise of natural gas signal a paradigm shift where new opportunities will arise in North America, said the former head of strategic planning for then-Mexican
Editor’s note: It was announced on April 10, 2017, that ASU grad and Harvard Associate Professor Matthew
Written in plain block letters on a whiteboard is a menu that includes such items as tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas.
Wei Li is has spent the past several months working on a prestigious Fulbright project — for the second time.
When Kimberly Scott worked as a teacher in a high-needs school district operated by the state education department, she had a hunch that her female students weren’t reaching their full potential. S
A high school principal, a judge and a former prisoner walk onto a college campus …
Stories about your parent’s childhood are usually life lessons hidden as clever anecdotes providing a glimpse into a time past. However, for K.
The United States is a young country, but it still has its fair share of history.
When the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair hit the stands last summer featuring Caitlyn Jenner wearing an ivory bodysuit on its cover, the magazine caused a maelstrom.
On Monday, Jan. 11, ASU will launch the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, led by Dr. Kimberly Scott of the School of Social Transformation.
Courtney Besaw is a natural when it comes to numbers and experimentation. She’s also a girl.
Associate professor Alesha Durfee of the ASU Women and Gender Studies program will be advancing her research on domestic violence and social policy with nearly $370,000 in funding awarded by the Na
In partnership with Indigenous-serving universities and Indigenous communities, the Justice and Social Inquiry Program (JSI) at the ASU School of Social Transformation is expanding its development
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are
Sarah Moser, a student in Barrett, The Honors College and justice studies undergraduate at the ASU School of Social Transformation, was selected as a Bidstrup Undergraduate Fellow for the 2015-2016
When a silver SUV containing a family of five — including three young children — crashed into Tempe Town Lake on Oct.
Arizona State University professor Nancy Jurik’s work, with a focus on social justice and gender and work issues, has drawn praise over the years that continues with her latest honor, the Lee Found
The White House has announced that Arizona State University will lead the National STEM Collaborative, a consortium of 19 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners committed to suppor
Innovation is a complicated business.
In her new book, “Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders,” Arizona State University Regents’ Professor Sally Kitch seeks to shed light on the role Western intervention has played
Professor Eduardo Pagán has been appointed associate dean for community affairs for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona Stat
Native American graduates carry an extra responsibility: As a group they overwhelmingly feel a need to give back to their tribes.
When one thinks about a traditional classroom, he or she might envision rows of desks, chalkboards or computers, maybe windows overlooking a school campus.
Four College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students will represent Arizona State University March 20 at a national debate tournament.
Most, if not all, of the major challenges of our time require us to consider a time far beyond the present.
Mary Frances Berry says we live in a society where civil rights have advanced over the years, but many concerns still remain.
The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies announces the start of a new master’s degree program in American studies beginning in fall 201
With a focus on strengthening ASU's capacity to meet the needs of American Indian students, Bryan Brayboy will work with Arizona's 22 tribal nations in his new role as Arizona State University's sp
Two ASU professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be named 2014 President’s Professors on April 18 at the Faculty Excellence Awards.
Shaving down college student loan debt while still in school could soon be an option for ASU and other U.S. university students, thanks to the efforts of a team of ASU innovators.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students selected as Dean’s medalists will graduate in May with diplomas in their hands and opportunities ahead.
Civil rights attorney and Bennett Boskey Professor of Law Lani Guinier, the first African-American woman appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School, will deliver the A.
Although many studies have associated the demise of complex societies with deteriorating climate, few have investigated the connection between an ameliorating environment, surplus resources, energy
American Indian students who come into a university environment may struggle with culture shock and feeling homesick, especially if they move from a small reservation community to an unfamiliar maj
First-year ASU student Erin Schulte says religion has always been a strong presence in her life, “but rarely has it been the same religion: Buddhism, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Wicca – you name it,