Desert Humanities Initiative

Our mission

Desert spaces have long nourished artistic and humanistic work, but also distinctive possibilities for the flourishing of life in the past, present, and future. The Desert Humanities Initiative fosters both of these dimensions by (1.) Supporting work that analyzes, critiques, and transforms our relationships to deserts and is in service to the communities who inhabit them, and (2.) Providing opportunities to immerse in urban and rural desert sites in order to engage their textured histories, diverse ecologies, and possible futures.

Desert Humanities Brochure


Working across disciplines with other ASU faculty, Desert Humanities has created partnerships with external artists and writers to realize projects that immerse participants in the landscape and invite reflection on place.