Biocultural Anthropologist & President's Professor at Arizona State University
Culture, Health, and Environment Lab (CHELab)
It takes a large, talented, dedicated team to do what we do. Our Culture, Health, and Environment Lab (CHELab) on the Tempe campus is where we come together to push forward an array of collaborative research projects. The core CHELab team includes: biocultural anthropologist Alexandra Brewis, cultural anthropologist Amber Wutich, linguistic anthropologist Cindi SturtzSreetharan, and educational anthropologist Alissa Ruth. Our shared philosophy is one of a rising tide that can lift all boats. The more we collaborative thoughtfully, efficiently, and generously, the more we all succeed.
We hold each other to the highest standards, innovate our approaches constantly, value what everyone brings to the table, and model work-life balance. We welcome scholars, postdocs, and students from any field to get involved in any of our ongoing projects. Contact any of us to find our how.
The CHELab is also all about student training in rigorous, cutting-edge ethnographic research methods. Our PhD students become research methods experts. Up to 30 undergraduates join the lab during semesters as research apprentices, gaining data management and analysis skills. Many more work with us in the field or in practicum courses learning about social science data collection by doing. We train students for the jobs they want – whether in academia, the non-profit world, industry — basically, wherever the individual can best make their impact in the world. Our students at all levels get really great jobs, in part because they have research skills that are valued, because they have experience in productive forms of collaboration, and because we believe that CHELab succeeds when our students succeed.