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Human Dimensions

This faculty group focuses research and education on human interactions with nature and the environment; the science of humans (behavior and evolution); science as a human endeavor (history and philosophy of science); and the interplay of science and society in the context of education, public policy, law and daily life.

Jane Maienschein
University Professor, Regents' Professor, Center Director and Leader of Human Dimensions Faculty Group


Michael Angilletta
President's Professor; Assoc. Director of Learning Innovation

Michael Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

LSC 488
Mitra Asgari
School of Life Sciences 400 E Tyler Mall, LSA 114
Sara Brownell

Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education.

Matthew Chew

Matt Chew is an instructor of biology and society courses at ASU. He conducts a field course in 'novel ecosystems' and lectures on the 'history of biology.'

LSE 717
Richard Creath
President's Professor

Creath is a philosopher of science who uses historical methods to study fundamental questions about the role of logic, mathematics, scientific methods and even philosophy within science.

LSC 274
Karin Ellison
Clinical Professor

Ellison's research and teaching focus on research ethics and ethics education. She directs the School of Life Science Ethics Program, is an editor for the Online Ethics Center (, and serves on the APPE board.

LSC 270
Leah Gerber
Professor and GIOS Center Director

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

LSA 212
Leland Hartwell

Lee Hartwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and he received the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He directs the Biodesign Pathfinder Center at ASU.

Ben Hurlbut
Associate Professor

Hurlbut is trained in the history of modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of science and technology studies, bioethics and political theory.

Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Ann Kinzig
Professor; special advisor to the director for leadership development

Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments and what this means for human health and Earth's ecosystems. Her work focuses on ecosystem services and the resilience of natural-resource systems.

LSA 124
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor and ASU-SFI BCI Director

Laubichler is a complex systems scientist, theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is director of the School of Complex Adaptive Systems and the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU.

LSA 256
Kate MacCord

MacCord is an historian and philosopher of biology who specializes in regeneration, germline, and collaborating with scientists.

Jane Maienschein
University Professor, Regents' Professor, Center Director and Leader of Human Dimensions Faculty Group

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

LSC 284
Ben Minteer

Minteer is an environmental ethicist and conservation scholar who writes on species extinction, wilderness, zoos, and the evolution of American environmental thought and practice.

LSA 262
Kathleen Pigg

Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

LSE 744; 155 Alameda Building 1735 W Alameda Drive Arizona State University
Jason Robert
Associate Professor

Jason Robert is Dean's Distinguished (Associate) Professor in the Life Sciences.

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU MC 9230, 111 E Taylor St, Ste 293
Beckett Sterner
Assistant Professor

Studies the social epistemology of pluralism: what knowledge do we need to get things done together while differing in fundamental ways? Focuses on computational and data-intensive science, especially in biology.

Center for Biology and Society PO Box 873301
Christian Wright
Assistant Director of Assessment and Program Development