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Christopher Jones is interested in the past, present, and future of energy systems. His research focuses on how human societies have come to use energy the ways they do, and the consequences of these choices for the ways people live, work, and play. He is particularly interested in exploring how economists have come to calculate economic growth with little regard for the depletion of planetary resources, particularly non-renewable stocks of energy. His first book, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America examines America's first energy transitions: the rising use of coal, oil, and electricity in the mid-Atlantic region from 1820 to 1930. 

Cheshire Calhoun works in the areas of normative ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies. She writes on topics including forgiveness, integrity, shame, common decency, commitment, and civility. She is currently working a collection of previously published essays to be titled Moral Aims: Getting It Right and Practicing Morality with Others and  on a book titled Meaningful Living

A scholar of religious ethics, John Carlson's research explores how religious and moral inquiry informs and invigorates our understanding of political life. He has written on issues of war and peace, religion and violence, human rights, and a variety of social and political issues, both domestical and international.  Professor Carlson is coeditor of, and contributor to, three books: The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics; Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning; and From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America

News and Events

Professor Rebecca Tsosie has been awarded the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education 2014 Individual Leadership Award for her pioneering work in Indian law, particularly through Native Nations and the federal system, as well as her leadership at the institutional, state and national levels.

The tribulations of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, are depicted in the popular film 12 Years a Slave. In a soon to be published book, Calvin Schermerhorn (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow) documents how the business of slavery gave rise to American capitalism. 

ASU professor of Slavic studies, Mark VonHagen, gave his perspective of the crisis in the Ukraine. 

Mark Woodward and Hasan Davulcu are the lead investigators for the DOD-funded Minerva Research Initiative, which seeks to understand the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape various regions of the world.