Faculty Highlights

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. 

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, J.D., has served as Executive Director of the top ranked Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University since 1996. Professor Tsosie has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy, and cultural rights. Professor Tsosie is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism. She has used this work as a foundation for her newest research, which deals with Native rights to genetic resources.

Jason Bruner earned a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013 and is now the Assistant Professor of Global Christianity at Arizona State University. He is a scholar of religious history with a particular interest in the history of Christian missions and the growth of Christianity in Africa and Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Bruner is engaged currently in writing a book on the history of the East African (Balokole) Revival in Uganda from the early 1930s to the early 1950s.

News and Events

History professor Catherine O'Donnell addressed some fact and fiction surrounding July 4th. 

Matthew Delmont will join the faculty of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies as a professor of African-American History. Delmont will contribute to the growth of programs and incorporation of digital tools in American studies and public history.

Julian Lim will join the faculty of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies fall 2015. Her research interests involve law and history, focusing on questions of immigration, race and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Donald T. Critchlow spoke on April 24 at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California about his new book, When Hollywood Was Right: How Studio Moguls, Movie Stars, and Big Business Remade American Politics.

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.