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Transdisciplinary Research

The following are areas of particular strength and expertise with the ASU Department of English, involving collaborations and research agendas across disciplines. This is not an exhaustive or definitive list; faculty and students work in many other subspecialties not listed here.

Transdisciplinary Research Areas

Description: A focus on borderlands and immigration at ASU encompasses explorations of people, experiences, cultural products, and movements within, beyond, and across borders—real and imagined.

People: Gabriel Acevedo, Jacqueline Balderrama, Lee Bebout, Natalie Diaz, Lawrence Ellis, Ruben Espinosa, Peter Goggin, Brian Goodman, Elizabeth Horan, Elenore Long, Eunsong Kim, Michelle Martinez, Susan Nguyen, Henry Quintero, Alberto Ríos, Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Safiya Sinclair, Doris Warriner

Read more: Center for Imagination in the Borderlands

Description: Critical theory is an advanced field of academic analysis with myriad applications and frameworks across industries and professions.

People: Brandi K. Adams, Lee Bebout, Ron Broglio, Melissa Free, David Hawkes, Kyle Jensen, Eunsong Kim, Stacey Moran, Krista Ratcliffe, Bradley Ryner

Read more: Critical Theory (Graduate Certificate) | Applied Theory

Description: This ASU-centric area takes a humanistic approach to addressing issues in three critical domains: 1. culture—approaching equitable and diverse global citizenship through the study of culture and language; 2. environment—addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and environmental justice through the arts and humanities; and 3. technology—bringing humanities thinking to the human and ethical challenges of a world shaped by technology.

People: Joni Adamson | Karen Adams | Jonathan Bate | Sarah Florini | Peter Goggin | Lisa Han | Julia Himberg | Stacey Moran | Claudia Sadowski-Smith

Read more: BA in Culture, Technology, and Environment

Description: The digital humanities are concerned with human questions through digital means, such as digital archives, tool and algorithm building, data set visualization, 3-D modeling of material objects, social media analysis, multimedia and multimodal exhibits, born-digital publications, narrative video games, and search and discovery digital tools.

People: Cajsa Baldini, Sarah Florini, Jacob Greene, Lisa Han, Mark Hannah, Kathleen Hicks, Julia Himberg, Jeffrey Holmes, Jonathan Hope, Elizabeth Horan, Kyle Jensen, Bruce Matsunaga, Stacey Moran, Katherine Morrissey

Read more: Digital Humanities Initiative | Digital Humanities (Graduate Certificate)Center for Philosophical Technologies

Description: The environmental humanities are disciplines within humanities studies that consider issues of place, sustainability, ecology, human infrastructure, and justice in relation to the natural world.

People: Joni Adamson, Jonathan Bate, Ron Broglio, Jeffrey Cohen, Peter Goggin, Jacob Greene, Lisa Han, Elenore Long, Bruce Matsunaga, Stacey Moran, Gillian Osborne

Read more: Environmental Humanities, CertificateEnvironmental Humanities Initiative | BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition | Desert Humanities Initiative | Blue Humanities Initiative

Description: The health humanities are interdisciplinary research and practical collaborations—between scholars, community networks, and clinical partners—that address health as a cultural idea, value, and practice.

People: Jonathan Bate, Lisa Barksdale-Shaw, Cora Fox, Mark Hannah, Bradley Irish, Richard Newhauser, Matthew Prior

Read more: Health Humanities Initiative | Health Humanities: On Health and Wholeness (Accents on English 24) | Interdisciplinary Health Humanities, Certificate

Description: Indigenous studies at ASU brings together humanistic, scientific, artistic, and spiritual approaches to studying native peoples and cultures across the globe.

People: James Blasingame, Natalie Diaz, Lawrence Ellis, Joe Lockard, Elenore Long, Tyler Peterson, Henry Quintero, Madeline Sayet, Kyle Wilson

Read more: Red Ink Indigenous Initiative

Description: Language learning research at ASU encompasses the study of language acquisition, crossing boundaries between linguistics, education, and technology.

People: Mark James, Ruby Macksoud, Aya Matsuda, Paul Kei Matsuda, Matthew Prior, Bryan Smith, Doris Warriner

Read more: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (Graduate Certificate)

Description: Prison education at ASU is both a practical and theoretical area that involves teaching and advocating for incarcerated individuals, helping stock prison libraries, and analyzing texts and artwork related to incarceration.

People: David Hawkes, Mitchell Jackson, Joe Lockard, Cornelia “Corri” Wells

Read more: Prison Education Programming | Teaching Milton in an Arizona Prison (Accents on English 24) | When I Did Time, I Was—Technically, Legally, Constitutionally—a Slave (Esquire)

Description: The public humanities are a broad framework that articulate and connect academic endeavor to the public good.

People: Jonathan Bate, Jeffrey Cohen, Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Sarah Duerden, Brian Goodman, Mitchell Jackson, Kyle Jensen, Elenore Long, Devoney Looser, Elisa New, Gillian Osborne, Sarah Viren

Read more: Center for Public Humanities | TomorrowTalks | Public Humanities: Sharing, Practicing, Translating Knowledge (Accents on English 23) | The Hows and Whys of Public Humanities (MLA Profession)

Description: The study of race and democracy at ASU combines fields of inquiry related to historical, rhetorical, literary, media, and systemic issues of race in America and beyond.

People: Brandi K. Adams, Lee Bebout, Lois Brown, Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Sarah Florini, Mariam Galarrita, Mitchell Jackson, Kenneth Ladenburg, Neal Lester, Joe Lockard, Elenore Long, Lynette Myles, Krista Ratcliffe, Safiya Sinclair, Ayanna Thompson

Read more: Center for the Study of Race and Democracy | Project Humanities

Description: Research on science and imagination at ASU busts the myth of the fact/fantasy boundary, marrying the arts and humanities with hard sciences. Areas of focus include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, worldbuilding, social justice, ethics of technology, futurism, scientific and medical history, scientific communication, climate change, and more.

People: Joni Adamson, Matt Bell, Ed Finn, Mariam Galarrita, Peter Goggin, Mark Hannah, Bradley Irish, Joe Lockard, Richard Newhauser, Nnedi Okorafor, Emily Zarka

Read more: Worldbuilding Initiative | Center for Science and the Imagination

Description: Translation studies at ASU invites intercultural and transdisciplinary approaches to exploring transmission and transformation between languages, cultures, and genres.

People: Robert Bjork, Elizabeth Horan, Eunsong Kim, Joe Lockard, Richard Newhauser, Sarah Viren

Read more: Translation Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Description: Writing pedagogy research at ASU involves developing methods and best practices of teaching basic writing and language arts in settings from middle school to college to the workplace—and mentoring others to do the same.

People: Danielle Alfandre, Gabriel Acevedo, James Blasingame, Shersta Chabot, Andrea Dickens, Jessica Early, Jacob Greene, Mark Hannah, Denise Hill, Heather Hoyt, Mark James, Kyle Jensen, Aya Matsuda, Paul Kei Matsuda, Vincent Oliveri, Shirley Rose, Christina Saidy, Dana Tait, Patricia Webb, Cornelia “Corri” Wells, Kyle Wilson

Read more: Central Arizona Writing Project | Writing ProgramsYoung Adult Writing Program 

Description: A focus on young adult literature at ASU—a specialized category of reading appealing to adolescents—involves analysis of methods, themes, and genres, while allowing for a creative, hands-on exploration of the literature with close mentorship.

People: Gabriel Acevedo, James Blasingame, Jessica Early

Read more: Día De Los Niños, Día De Los Libros | Children's & Young Adult Literature Guide | Young Adult Writing Program