Elizabeth H. Harmon Research Endowment

The Elizabeth H. Harmon Research Endowment is a memorial to Elizabeth, who received her PhD from ASU in 2005 and had begun a successful scientific career at CUNY Hunter College but passed away in 2009.

It was established by Frank and Judy Harmon to fund research efforts of IHO-affiliated graduate students.

So far, it has assisted three graduate students, Terry Ritzman, Amy Shapiro, and Benjamin Schoville in their research.

2017 Symposium Video

What made us human? In 2014, the ASU Institute of Human Origins received a $4.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate how key traits in human evolution played crucial roles in our emergence.

IHO 20@ASU Celebration Dinner

IHO 1997 at ASU

Inaugural 1997 welcome at ASU by then ASU President Lattie Coor, Founding IHO Director Donald Johanson, former CLAS Dean Gary Krahenbuhl, and IHO Director William Kimbel.

Success in any venture is a step at at time.

Ask An Anthropologist

Ask An Anthropologist

What makes us human? 

When did our brains get big?

When did people start using tools and how old are the oldest tools?

What do chimpanzees and other primates tell us about how humans evolved?

In the Media

2018 Media Coverage



ASU News

How baboon and human friendships are different—and alike
Joan Silk research


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Affiliated Alumni

Graduates affiliated with the Institute of Human Origins are going on to challenging and impactful careers in science, academia, and research. Below is a growing list of our alumni and where they are making a mark on the field of anthropology. 

IHO Research Council and Executive Board

The Institute of Human Origins is a model for a strong public/private partnership between ASU and the IHO Research Council. That partnership is key to our success and a critical aspect of our long-term vision.

The IHO Research Council comprises individuals from business, education, and scientific communities who provide strategic guidance and financial support for operations, research, and outreach and, through its broad network, provides an outlet for IHO’s diverse public programs.

International Research Affiliates

In addition to ASU faculty, IHO incorporates an international network of research affiliates whose research perspectives, skills, and tools extend and reinforce IHO’s transdisciplinary mission in human origins research and student training.

Zeresenay Alemseged PhD, University of Chicago, Illinois

African early hominins, paleoecology