Social science

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication welcomes new faculty member

This fall semester, the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University welcomes new tenure-track faculty member Jenna Hanchey as an assistant professor of communication.

Hanchey, who comes to ASU from the University of Nevada, Reno, specializes in decolonial intersections of rhetoric, African communication studies and critical development studies.

ASU South Asia expert poised to make global impact in new role

South Asia — the geographic region composed of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — is home to the largest Muslim population in the world. Though nearly one-third of all Muslims reside in the region, existing scholarship is underdeveloped and often misrepresents and obscures the richness and diversity of Muslim identities and experiences.

ASU professor's book explores experiences of families navigating social systems

According to government data, approximately 11.4% of U.S. citizens were living in poverty in 2020, up 1% from the previous year. Policymakers use this data to steer strategies, direct funds and create programs intended to help the country’s poorest citizens.

But while statistics help legislators understand the financial health of the U.S. as a whole, the numbers don’t paint a full picture of the situations that contribute to perpetuating poverty.  

Triple major ASU alumna uses interdisciplinary skills to research causality

Rachael Kha grew up in a STEM-oriented environment. Both of her parents earned their degrees from Arizona State University, one with a degree in electrical engineering and the other in chemical engineering. They encouraged her to go to college.

She decided to enroll as a chemical engineering major at ASU, as well as an honors student in Barrett, The Honors College. She looked at it as a practical decision.

What is coastal America's future?

Rising sea levels are becoming more frequent along coastal America, and have been accelerating more than ever before, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Climate change has not only contributed to a significant increase in high-tide coastal floods, powerful hurricanes and years of drought for some, but also negatively impacted the quality of life for thousands of vulnerable residents that otherwise don’t have the means to relocate inland.

ASU's Hugh Downs School names Sarah J. Tracy as school director

The new director of Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication wants to bring awareness to the vital role communication plays in all aspects of life, from professional to personal and everything in between. 

A professor of organizational communication and qualitative research methods, Sarah J. Tracy says the importance of clear, empathic and strategic communication in our day-to-day life cannot be understated.