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At Arizona State University we're challenging the very definition of what a university can be. By transcending traditional academic boundaries, fusing new intellectual connections, embracing complexity, and embedding our work in community partnerships, we're radically redesigning higher learning to address the challenges of our time—and prepare graduates for a changing world.
One of many transdisciplinary schools unique to ASU, the School of Social Transformation brings together scholars, students, and communities in African and African American studies; Asian Pacific American studies; social and cultural pedagogy; justice and social inquiry; and women and gender studies. We are focused on transformational knowledge—new research approaches, themes and questions that are embedded in broader historical, social and cultural processes of change—and are pursuing novel collaborative forms of teaching and knowledge creation to make discoveries, to create social innovations and to engage with others in changing the world.
We prepare our students to be informed members of society who are interdisciplinary, team-oriented, real-world problem solvers that can thrive in any career environment.
The school is excited to be addressing the big question of our time: How do we envision the future and achieve change that is democratic, inclusive and just?
We invite you to join us on this compelling journey.
—Mary Margaret Fonow
Read about ways that faculty and students in the School of Social Transformation are making important contributions to some of the most urgent challenges of our time:
Mary Margaret Fonow, Director
Mary Margaret Fonow is a professor of women and gender studies and founding director of ASU's School of Social Transformation.
Her research interests include:
transnational labor activism
women and work in the global economy
women, diversity and leadership
Fonow has conducted comparative research on workplace change in the United States, Canada and Australia and recently conducted a study of women's transnational labor activism, which resulted in the publication of Making Feminist Politics: Transnational Alliances between Women and Labor and Making Globalization Work for Women: Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership.
Fonow provides national leadership for the research training of doctoral students in the field of women and gender studies and is a member of the UNESCO Women and Gender Research Network. She has served on the editorial boards of Gender & Society, NWSA Journal, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, and the Australian Journal of Sociology.