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School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences engages students in cutting-edge scholarship to better understand the world through understanding people – their beliefs, stories, cultures, organizations, friends, family, thoughts, hopes, feelings, and actions. Our synergistic blend of academic disciplines, perspectives, and methods enhances the capacity to tackle problems, intimate and large-scale, and to improve lives in local and global communities. Over fifty research-active faculty lead a dozen undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees, including internationally-recognized programs in Social Justice & Human Rights, Forensic Psychology, and Social Technologies. From day one, our students are at the front-line of research and innovation, conducting experiments within high-tech psychology, social media, and gaming labs. Through these hands-on research experiences and small-classroom teaching, they gain perspective, context, and skills that they will carry throughout their lives, wherever they’ll take on the world.

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Senior Lecturer
Lecturer Sr
Malay Firoz
Assistant Professor

Firoz studies “resilience-based” approaches to humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, exploring intersections between humanitarianism, ethics and forced migration in the Middle East.

Scott Barclay
School Director, Professor

Barclay's research project explores the interplay of political, demographic, and social movement factors that influence the deployment of law. He has a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University..

T. M. Barratt

Barratt is a university lecturer and licensed psychologist. He is based out of ASU's California Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

Natasha Behl
Assistant Professor

Behl specializes in the study of inequalities in liberal democracies. Her book received the APSA 2021 Lee Ann Fujii Award. She was also awarded ASU's Outstanding Teaching, Mentoring, DEI, and Social Impact Awards.

Brian Bornstein

Brian Bornstein joined the ASU faculty in 2019 after retiring from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He conducts research on the legal system from a psychological perspective.

Mary Burleson

Burleson earned her doctorate in psychology (behavioral neuroscience program) from ASU in 1994. Her postdoctoral training was at Ohio State University. She joined the ASU faculty in 1997.

Catalina Cayetano

Catalina Cayetano most recent work focuses on the interdependency of the (I'm)migrant parent/child dialogic relationship and the relational impacts of cultural intermediation in the technolinguistic experience.


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