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Most of us find ourselves fully immersed in the digital age.

Tyler DesRoches, an assistant professor in the School of Sustainability and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Ar

Most Americans, today, might not recognize the name Agnes Smedley.

Arizona State University religious studies doctoral candidate Mulung Hsu has been awarded the

The year 2020 has proven to be one full of heartache, fear and anger. Social injustices that have existed in the U.S. for generations are now being thrown into sharp relief.

Last month, ESPN began airing the documentary series titled “The Last Dance

George Floyd's death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has rightly appalled and outraged the world, and tens of thousands -- perhaps millions -- of Americans have raised their voices i


Arizona State University history Professor Calvin J.

Two Arizona State University professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an organization that was formed in 1780 by John Adams, J

Tom Fournier had a successful career in engineering and business management and after co-founding and selling a company that measured automotive pollution for governments, he was able to reti

A globalized world requires global citizens, and Arizona State University's Center for Asian Research has been at the forefront of preparing students fo


On Monday, May 11, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social scien

The Environmental Humanities Initiative of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University is collaborating with the University of Texas Humanit

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

In the 50 years since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, the United States has moved from a focus on pollution to a broader awareness of how the ecosystem needs to be nurtured.

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The American Council of Learned Societies awards fellowships to humanities and social science scholars each year, and this year A

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable


From ancient cave paintings depicting epic hunts to modern-day Instagram posts boasting avocado toast brunches, it’s a natural human inclination to document our lives — one that becomes even strong

Late at night, a lone scientist in the lab smacks their forehead and — voila! — an amazing solution to a problem coalesces, right?

An Arizona State University online history class has been encouraging students to unplug from their computers and go out and see the ways history has affected modern society.


Arizona State University alumna Karrin Taylor Robson believes one should always be prepared for when opportunity or responsibility knocks on the door.

Like other thinkers throughout history, American astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan said in order to understand the present, one must know the past.

Artistic expression has always been a catalyst for discussion in society.

Leah Terry is an Arizona native who has always enjoyed her history classes.

Arizona State University alumnus Dan Shilling was the executive director of Arizona Humanities for nearly 20 years and has since gone on to teach three National Endowment for the Humanities s

Like many great collaborations, the one behind the 2016 photographic essay “Jewish Treasures of the Caribbea


Since the 1960s, evangelicals have increasingly pushed back against what they see as the marginalization of Christianity from public life.

Arizona State University Department of English President’s Professor Joni Adamson, an internationally renowned professor in environmental humani



Two new fellowship opportunities invite scholars and doctoral students living outside the Phoenix area to Arizona State University in support of their research exploring the diverse history of the

Anne Feldhaus, foundation professor of religious studies, is retiring this month after 38 years of service to Arizona St

Assistant Professor of religious studies Shamara Wyllie Alhassan has been named the winner of the

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall


After a long day, most people choose to unwind by watching television.


The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies knows the importance of graduate research in the humanities, but also the vital experience of undergraduate research.

At the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, we open up research opportunity for undergraduate students.

A nuclear physicist, a high school student and three undergraduates find themselves sharing a table at Arizona State University.

Not every student has the opportunity to participate in research at the undergraduate level, but the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies offers a program to give undergraduate

The 19th Amendment of the American Constitution officially gave women the right to vote in 1920, putting to rest decades

This summer, the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant that has been providing jobs and economic support for residents in and around Page, Arizona, for nearly half a century, lost its

A lot had changed in the 15 years since Earl Swift last set foot on Tangier Island, located in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.

If you’re Italian, you don’t miss Mama’s “red lead” on Sunday night.

The Graduate College has launched the Graduate College Fellows Initiative and named two Arizona State University faculty members to serve as 2019-20 fellows.


Menstruation may be a taboo topic to bring up in social settings, but it happens to roughly half of the population of the world.

Wendy Trakes has just started her second year as a master’s student in history, but the road to establishing her career path wasn’t straight.

Jessica Salow was 27 when she started her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, and she already had a number of years of experience as a paralegal prior to her first year in The College

Growing up in California, Julian Lim, assistant professor at the Arizona State University School of Historical

Americans today are being assailed by the rise of “fake news” and a growing combativeness around democratic principles, including freedom of the p

Professor Paul Hirt wears many hats at Arizona State University as well as in the community: active public speaker, lecturer and facilitator.

I met Mark von Hagen in September 1986 when I enrolled in Columbia University’s PhD program.

Your grandparents would just call it being rude, but millennials and Generation Z call a troubling new trend in courtship “ghosting.”

Naruro Hassan took a seat among 10 other undergraduate research fellows in John Carlson’s “Inquiry into Religion and Conflict” course one sweltering morning in August 2017, a student like all

Aaron Stephen Moore, who passed away this past Sunday, was a historian of modern Japan and East Asia and an associate professor of history at Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philos


For L. Benjamin Rolsky, a 2006 undergraduate alumnus in history and religious studies, his passion for research is practically a genetic trait.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at Arizona State University.

The 2019–20 school year is about to begin, and with new beginnings come new faces on the Arizona State University campuses.

Anthony Johnson arrived in Virginia in 1621. He farmed other people’s land in the new English colony before he acquired land of his own and wealth.

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is proud to announce Professor Leslie M. Alexander as the fall 2019 Visiting Distinguished Scholar.

A new course at Arizona State University aims to empower students to become wiser and more effective interpreters of news about the intersection of religion and politics, as well as other hot-butto

With a literary oeuvre that includes 11 novels, several children’s books, plays, and even an opera, Toni Morrison long has been revered as one of the most accomplished and impactful writers in Amer


This summer, Arizona State University religious studies PhD candidate Jamie Edmonds decided to incorporate technology into the final projects o

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be President or a Cabinet officer making a major decision that will change the course of history? Here is your chance. 

Arizona State University senior Monica Orillo has been tackling different parts of the world in her pursuit of a future career in international affairs. 


The first week in Washington, D.C., for Arizona State University students participating in the Capital Scholars prog

William Kiser attended Arizona State University from 2009 to 2016.

Alexandria Maese grew up knowing firsthand how international affairs hit home.


Some students major in the humanities; others take a humanities class just to check off a general credit.

Two Arizona State University professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As part of the largest academic body at Arizona State University, faculty in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences inter


This Tuesday, April 23, marks the inaugural Arizona State University Undergraduate Research P

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commen

From a young age, Sophia Bonacorda developed a passion for history. As she grew up and had to decide what she wanted to do with it, it was an obvious choice to study history.

On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students fro

On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students fro

Arizona State University alumnus Dan Shilling considers himself a good example of somebody whose life was changed by the humanities.

If you had asked Patrick Brooks 15 years ago where he would be today, he never would have said he'd be a philosopher.

When speaking with young writers, Chicana essayist, playwright and poet Cherríe Moraga has a perennial piece of wisdom — for an authentic voice, go home.

Julius Caesar’s own account of his nine years at war may be “the best bad man’s book ever written,” writes Arizona State University librarian Jim O’Donnell in the introduction of his

Kristy Dohnel grew up in a small town of around 4,000 people; she lived in a mobile home on a 100-acre ranch. From little Bishop, California, she moved to Tempe to attend Arizona State University.


Sports is a microcosm of the racial and gender issues facing society, and it often serves as the vehicle for change, according to several experts who spoke at the second Global Sport Summit held by

When ASU President Michael Crow signaled to the university community with the launch of the 

There are two narratives in climate change right now. One is the day-to-day drumbeat of news stories, usually a new scientific study, and usually put aside with the day’s second cup of coffee.

In 2002, “The Pianist” took home an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.


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.

“A lot of students think we’re just going to talk about art and aesthetics, but I challenge them to think about the cultural importance of art.

It isn’t every day the humanities and sciences combine their research, but when they do something new is created and explored.

For Sister Donna Moses, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, a certificate, an associate degree, two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s de

The dominating performances by nine African-American male track athletes in the 1936 Olympics was an inspiration for those who followed them, according to two former Olympians who spoke at Arizona

Arizona State University Professor Donald L. Fixico doesn’t like surprises, especially when they involve a boss.


Gaymon Bennett explores modernity’s role in contemporary religion and biotechnology. He says innovation requires soul work, which, in turn, requires one to embrace the shadow. 

Earning a college degree can be a crucial step toward life success. But some Arizona State University students want more — they are earning three degrees at one time.

Macey Wilson’s family always emphasized the importance of Arizona’s unique stories. As a sixth generation Arizonian, she fell in love with her home and the history it had to offer.

Adam Villanova, a recent graduate who earned degrees in religious studies and history from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, has a tendency to challeng

Since its establishment in 2013, ASU’s Political Thought and Leadership Program has offered hundreds of students the opportunity to explore the complexities of democracy by studying civic com



The electric atmosphere of the holiday season often shines a bright light on feelings of togetherness, intimacy and the state of coupledom in festive surroundings.

Given the enormous attention recently trained on a Chinese

We all know the scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” where Indiana Jones narrowly escapes a giant rolling boulder, and at one point or another, many of us could see ourselves going on adventures just

The study of religion is becoming more prominent as countries around the world continue to connect with one another.

Arizona Supreme Court Justice John R.

In the summer of 2002, when Michael Crow became president of Arizona State Universit

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. 

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. 


There’s a big difference between a migrant, who’s primarily angling to enter the United States to make more money, and a refugee, who is fleeing political or religious persecution or violence.

Philip Robertson has come a long way from Rocky Valley, Iowa, and has tackled many challenges while pursuing his master’s degree in history from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religiou

From Prescott, Arizona, to the United Kingdom, K’Tera Bartels has taken history with her everywhere. She has always been fascinated with the stories of people, places and events.

An extremely rare, first-edition copy of a 17th-century literary work by one of the world’s most fascinating female writers has found a home at Arizona State University.

An extremely rare, first-edition copy of a 17th-century literary work by one of the world’s most fascinating female writers has found a home at Arizona State University.

Regents’ Professors are the elite of the academic world.

During World War II, cartoons, posters and screwball comedies were just as deadly as panzers and Thunderbolts.

Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “We study history not to be clever in another time, but to be wis

Pursuing a graduate degree can be daunting to many in today’s world. Between finding the funds, time and energy, the dream of continued education can seem far out of reach.


Three accomplished individuals are being recognized for bringing honor to their alma mater, Arizona State University.

For many students, deciding where to attend school and what to study can take serious deliberation.

You may think of Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck as the lovable cartoon characters you grew up watching in Sunday morning cartoons.

Fifty years after his shocking protest against racism on the medal podium at the Olympics in Mexico City, John Carlos has seen the vicious backlash he endured at the time evolve over the decades in


Six years ago, a doctor told Stephanie Cahill that she most likely wouldn’t graduate high school, and that college was definitely out of the question.


The granddaughter of a man who served as the warden of Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary sometimes referred to as “the Alcatraz of the South,” Leah Sarat sees the irony in helming a project

Stories are a big part of sports: the underdog who triumphs with a last-second pass, the cursed team that finally wins the championship, the fan who swears by his lucky cap.

John Dreyfus is a father, motorcyclist, lobbyist and a stude

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. 


As legalized betting becomes a force in the sports world, fans will likely experience games in a different way — both in the arena and watching on TV, according to experts at Arizona State Universi

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on energy research at ASU. The 


President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced plans to end the policy of separating immigrant children from parents who cross illegally into the United States.

Juneteenth, a portmanteau of the words “June” and “nineteenth,” was born out of what was once referred to as the “peculiar institution” of the United States.

The story of water in Arizona is as long and complex as the multibiomed state itself, but as it snakes its way through the years — from the Pima settling on the banks of the Gila River to Charles T


"Move it or lose it" is the old saying, but maybe it's time to flip that: Move it — because you have so much to gain.

From above, the Earth appears as a planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with the most vital resource for life…water.

An Arizona State University philosophy student’s interest in the crossroads of education, childhood and political theory led him to writing a prize-winning essay titled “Do Children Have ‘Rights-in

“ASU has the spirit of America in it,” says Khashayar “Shay” Khatiri, a recent graduate of the School of Politics and Global Studies and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studie

Royal watchers have had plenty of reasons to rejoice lately: Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday last month, the recent birth of Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s third child, Louis; Princess Char


Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 co

Forrest Schreick has long been a friendly face around Coor Hall.

If you want to know something about scholarly activism and indigenous communities, the office of David Martinez would be a good place to start.

Two recent fatalities related to autonomous vehicles are raising concerns about trade-offs between societal progress and human collateral damage.

Last semester, two Arizona State University students in Jewish studies courses used their final project assignments as opportunities for creative expression, exhibiting the material that they learn


Christians all over the world are now facing the growing threat of persecution, according to Jason Bruner, an assistant professor of religious studies in Arizona State University's School of

Undergraduate Janna Tobin is currently majoring in history and political science. Last year, she was chosen to receive the Friends of History scholarship out of 45 applicants.

On most nights, it might be possible to catch a glimpse of Arizona State University student Alexander Bernard somewhere in Hayden library with his head buried in a book, working tirelessly to achie

Alumnus Bobby Gray graduated from SHPRS in 1998 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology.

Daylight saving time is right around the corner, and it's time to set those alarm clocks and watches forward again … Er, wait. Arizona doesn’t do have to do that. And neither does Hawaii.

For historian Yasmin Saikia, Women's History Month is an opportunity to recognize all women, in addition to trailblazing historical figures.

Alumna Julie Campbell graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in history in 1979.


In 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her Montgomery, Alabama, bus seat to a white passenger and was arrested.

But you probably haven't heard of her.

“Thank you for your service” is a wonderful sentiment, and it can be a nice thing for civilians to say to active military personnel and veterans.

U.S. presidents have been political game-changers, prolific writers and social-policy pioneers. But did you know about the speeding and the cheerleading? 

Researchers from across Arizona State University are coming together to analyze, preserve and revitalize historic materials found during the renovation of Park Central Mall in midtown Phoenix.

Arizona State University researchers and librarians are currently working with developers Plaza Companies and Hoalualoa Companies to preserve and share the history of Phoenix’s very firs

For many, studying religion at a public university may seem out of place. Studying historical cultures and ancient languages in order to learn more about your own culture? Even more so.

Four minutes.

Twenty-six bullets.

Four dead.

A manhunt spanning hundreds of miles.

One of the longest prison sentences in Arizona history.

It might sound contrived, given her area of expertise, but to ASU Jewish studies Director Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, a career in academia is like a secular version of a religious commitment.

It is not uncommon for students to crave a sense of place while attending college, especially when traveling away from their home to start their new journey.


Alumna Elisha Scott graduated from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies with her Master of Arts in History with a focus in public history in 2016.

It is important for undergraduate students to have opportunities to conduct research.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights icon, a beacon of light during a dark time in American history, and a defender of the poor, downtrodden and underrepresented.

There are benefits to learning more about the food system in America, but with so many components to keep track of it can be difficult to stay informed.



Alumnus Jeffry Halverson graduated from SHPRS with his master’s degree and PhD in religious studies in 2004 and 2008.

When people think about World War II, they are likely to picture black and white photos of young soldiers going up against the Axis Powers.

All that remains in Retha Warnicke’s Coor Hall office are empty bookshelves, a whiteboard sprinkled with yellow Post-it notes, a dusty unplugged printer and a few remnants on her desk: a phone, a s

With the passing of the 76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding that day.

She came from a house in rural Kentucky that had no electricity and no running water, yet Dr.

The night before Thanksgiving, while traveling with his family for the holiday, Jeffrey Cohen sat down in his hotel room for a Skype chat with Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow.

Native Americans across the country planted the Three Sisters — corn, beans, and squash — together.

How often do you think about water? You may be told to conserve water or drink more of it, but do you know where it all comes from?

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

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Prince Harry’s recent engagement to American actress Meghan Markle is a contemporary Grace Kelly/Prince Rainier love story.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.


Alumna Michelle Ford graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in history in 1991.

Thanksgiving brings us closer together, but our conversations across generations in a family can sometimes drive us farther apart.

Podcasts are a new platform for sharing information.

Regents’ Professors are the elite of the academic world.

Although the majority of Americans would not be here if it weren’t for immigration, there are many today who might distance themselves from their family’s immigration history.

The digital age has revolutionized the way society intakes and produces knowledge.


The reign of corrupt Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and '80s was marked by a heavily controlled, strictly censored national media.

Imagine walking into a village in 1830’s New England. You can see the shoemaker at work, take a horse-drawn ride around Mill Pond or see what a cabinetmaker was capable of producing.

What’s the best type of training for an academic professional who teaches in large classrooms and aspires to become a public intellectual? Athletics.

Alumnus Manuel Giner graduated from SHPRS with his bachelor’s degree in history in 2008.

Two weeks ago Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor.

In a tribute to his impact on studies of medieval Chinese Daoism, former students of Arizona State University Regents' Professor Stephen Bokenkamp


As an out-of-state, incoming first-year student to Arizona State University, Angelica Berner decided to attend an Early Start program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

ASU Japanese Lecturer Bradley Wilson wishes his American students knew more about the cultural influences behind the anime comics they love so much.

At the beginning of the year, Arizona State University publicly launched

Since he was a young child, Steven Slugocki has been attending sporting events and cheering on the Sun Devils.

So many resources are available to the student body at ASU and some are made just for the discipline you are in.

Alumnus Amy Barthell graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in history in 2015.


Finding the time and finances to complete a Master’s program can be difficult for a number of reasons.

After falling in love with the campus on a tour his junior year of high school, Logan Rhind decided to pursue an undergraduate degree and minor at Arizona State University.

Six alumni, who graduated from the largest and most diverse college at Arizona State University, have joined forces to create a renewed sense of pride in their alma mater. 

Jason Bruner was inspired by his engaging professors in college and graduate school. He hoped to emulate the example set forth by pursuing a doctoral degree and becoming a professor.

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

If you are a returning student, or just starting your journey with us here at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, here are some things you need to know about us and what

Alumnus Katherine Loh graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2014.

Alexander Avina grew up the son of undocumented Mexican migrants in California, constantly aware that at any moment his parents could be deported, leaving him and his siblings, all American-born, t

The threads of history are often found in the daily life of people, and Matthew Delmont has been exploring that theme.


Alumnus Jason Eberl graduated from SHPRS with his master’s degree in philosophy in 1998.

Alumnus Ryan Hanning graduated from SHPRS with his bachelor’s degree in religious studies in 2000. 

Imagine you’re on a 28-mile journey that takes you across icy rivers and up steep jungle trails.


Alumna Monika Bilka received her PhD in history from ASU in 2015.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University welcomes five new administrators into leadership ranks.

Alumnus Sara Mendez graduated from SHPRS with her master’s degree in history in 2016. 

Alumnus Jonathan Brooks graduated from SHPRS with his Bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 2006.


Historian and Director of K-12 Initiatives, Marcie Hutchinson, retired this summer after seven years of service at ASU.

History graduate student, James Dupey, was awarded the Max Millett Family Travel Grant last year and has since been utilizing it to achieve his research goals.

Professor of history, Christopher Jones, was recently awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.


The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies is proud to support its students.

Mahshid Zandi, a Religious Studies doctoral student at the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, was recently awarded the Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Award.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

So you think Cinco de Mayo is a made-up holiday contrived to sell stereotypically Mexican bar food and alcohol to gringos?

From cultural influence and global insight to interdisciplinary learning, the study of religion has an extraordinary impact on some of society’s most complex and challenging problems.


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

Many churches are filled to capacity on religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but the pews are often empty the rest of the year.

Genocide has been a thread through humanity, stretching back centuries and into modern times.

Imagine you’ve devoted years and years, even decades, gathering knowledge and insights in your given fields of study.

Professor of religious studies Anne Feldhaus has begun her position as president-elect of the Association for Asian Studies and is looking forward to connecting with scholars across the world as an


Professor of history Aaron Moore was recently awarded the “Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Japan-U.S.

History Alumnus Blake Jones graduated from SHPRS with his Ph.D. in 2013. He started his journey in academia with the school as a faculty associate in 2013.

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


We’ve all heard of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.

Arizona State University is one of the top producers of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17, coming in at No.

A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases.

These black students at Arizona State Universit

Michael Songer graduated in 2016 with a master's degree in History. As an online student in Virginia, he mastered his time and technology to achieve a degree which lead him up the Hill in D.C. 


The sixth annual ASU Prison Education Conference will bring together a broad coalition of e

Join History, Philosophy and Religious Studies faculty next Thursday as they discuss the upcoming historical presidential transition.

Tensions over Russia have flared in the U.S. for weeks: An aide to President Vladimir Putin was among a handful of Russians added to a U.S. blacklist Monday.

The first week of the new year has come to a close and there have been no celebrity obituaries to dominate the news cycle — something that might have seemed unfathomable in December when George Mic



We are deeply saddened by the recent loss of our former colleague, Dr. Francisco Arturo Rosales, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Rosales passed away on Dec. 22. 

President Barack Obama is urging his successor, Donald Trump, to maintain the newly established U.S.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

From above, the earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life.


Three SHPRS First-Year Discovery Seminars are exploring exciting and current topics through different activities and site visits.

Second-year Public History MA student Heather Roehl is representing SHPRS in numerous ways.

As digital media use has exploded in Western nations, transforming communications, news sharing and business practices, it has done the same across Asia — but a pair of ASU researchers say there’s

As the debate continues to wage over the relationship between race and sports today, ASU graduate student Terry Shoemaker is asking students to consider another, just as socially significant relati

Chefs, professors and everyday foodies were busy using their taste buds to delineate the finer notes of hibiscus, passion fruit and orange blossom.

Public History MA Student Jodi Silvio recently had the honor of presenting at the Oral History Association's annual conference in Long Beach, California.

History Lecturer Abraham Gibson recently published a book titled Feral Animals in the American South: An

Rachel Ginnis Fuchs, former professor of history at ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, died on Oct. 15, 2016, following a very short illness.


Six new members will be joining Arizona State University’s Trustees of ASU today.

Is the United States a post-white Christian nation?

For Debbie Reese, cutting classes in high school was an opportunity to indulge her passions.

Did you know that Arizona State University was one of the leading forces in the desegregation of college sports?


There’s a number of ways to serve one’s country, from military service to volunteerism. For Arizona State University alumnus Steven Gillen, it was the U.S.


It’s no doubt a history degree can take you far- whether it’s far in your career or physically far from home.


Samantha Winter grew up with Arizona State University in her backyard.


Until July 15, Arizona State University is offering a four-week Summer Institute “Extending the Land Ethic” at Northern Arizona University that will explore the connection between ecologist Aldo Le

Brainstorming solutions to global problems, spending afternoons on Capitol Hill and touring national monuments like Gettysburg — that’s all just another week for students in the


Forty years ago, dozens of young black people lay shackled inside a film set that was made to look like the hold of a slave ship.

This Memorial Day, a remake of “Roots” hits the little screen in a revival of the most popular miniseries of all time. Based on the late Alex Haley’s bestselling book, “Roots” traces the his


As the academic year comes to a close, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional faculty members who have gone above and beyond to educate the next generation of scholars.  

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

The horror that was the Holocaust exists now in our collective consciousness as one of the darkest periods in human history.


You’ve come a long way, ASU.

The March 22 attacks in Brussels served as yet another grisly reminder that we live in a world where the threat of terrorist attacks has become something of a new normal.

It may be hard to believe, but already the better half of a century has passed since World War II broke out.

The Navajo language is dying, and Manuelito Wheeler wants to change that.


Students in China are eager to learn about American culture, and Arizona State University is part of a project designed to meet that need.



Discovering the rich tapestry of history can open our eyes to the connections between past and present, and how people and circumstances have shaped and continue to influence todays’ complex world.

Hands go up in a crowded ASU lecture hall when a social justice course instructor asks who has ever experienced prejudice.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are


For years John Carlson and Scott Ruston worked just steps from each other, but their paths never crossed.

Driven by a burning desire to succeed in a competitive workforce, four remarkable alumni from Arizona State University have gone above and beyond in their professional careers to create positive ch

An eminent scientist and engineer with transdisciplinary expertise in sustainability, an award-winning musician, and a distinguished history professor of the American West and tribal communities ha


Editor's note: This feature is part of a series profiling different slices of ASU's diverse population.


Pope Francis’ speech to Congress on Thursday, the first by a pontiff, made history and invited a different perspective in an institution packed with entrenched viewpoints.


For most people, the thought of spending your summers in war-torn areas of conflict isn’t too appealing. But for Yasmin Saikia it’s more than an attraction, it’s her job.


ASU professor Rebecca Tsosie has been appointed vice provost for inclusion and community engagement.


ASU student Will Novak has a plan to beautify the 181 miles of canals that run through Phoenix.

Questions like whether a body left in space can be used as compost, and whether it’s legal to let a corpse drift into the great beyond are posed by Daniel Oberhaus, a senior in Barrett, the Honors


Four College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students will represent Arizona State University March 20 at a national debate tournament.

Associate professor of history Calvin Schermerhorn has written an op-ed for Virginia’s largest circulating newspaper, “The Virginian-Pilot.” His piece is about the

Multimedia producer Victor Masayesva, Jr.

Most, if not all, of the major challenges of our time require us to consider a time far beyond the present.


Cultural historian Eric Lott kicks off the Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series on Feb. 11.


Editor's note: Jannelle Warren-Findley died in Phoenix on Feb. 4, at age 69, after the publication of this article.

In September 1962, the National Farm Workers Association convened its first convention in Fresno, California, initiating a multiracial movement that would result in the creation of United Farm Work

A panel of researchers from Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project will deliver public lectures as part of “

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will visit Arizona State University's Tempe campus to give opening remarks before a public lecture by Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan.

The Arizona-Mexico border serves as a national and international spotlight for discussions about border issues and illegal immigration.

Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has hired Jonathan Barth as an assistant professor of history of capitalism and political economy.



Research for books in the humanities is hard, complicated and lengthy.


What do pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, Iron Man and flu vaccines all have in common?

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


A postcard for “A Night in India,” an Indian-American banquet that was held in Phoenix in 1951, showed the cost to attend was only $1.50.

American power around the world is facing new challenges, and our government is often paralyzed by gridlock. How did we get here, and how do we fix it?

Professor Leah Sarat was interviewed on KAET’s "Horizonte" about the relationship between religion and migration in Mexico and the United States, which she explores in depth in her book “Fire in th


Students in the School of International Letters and Cultures and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall through a host of lectu


A team of researchers led by professor Paul Hirt of Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has won a planning