Joel Garreau

Professor of Law, Culture and Values, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Founding Director, The Prevail Project: Wise Governance for Challenging Futures
Founding Director, The Seven Horizons Project
Founding Chief of Imagineering and Provocations, the annual ASU gala, “Emerge: Artists + Scientists Redesign the Future.”
Founding Co-Director, “The Weaponized Narrative Initiative” of the Center on the Future of War

Joel Garreau, who joined the College in 2010, is an explorer of culture, values and change.  He frequently publishes mental maps for those who follow later.   Professor Garreau is the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies, and What It Means to Be Human, a look at the hinge in history at which we have arrived. The genetic, robotic, information and nanotechnology revolutions are changing what it means to be human – modifying people’s minds, memories, metabolisms, personalities and progeny – not in some distant science fiction future but right now, on our watch. As director of The Prevail Project, he builds upon a Radical Evolution concept that the Prevail Scenario – the humanistic possibility that we can control and direct this future – can be encouraged. The idea is that if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) can accelerate the technological future into being, perhaps the same can be done for the responses of our societies.

Professor Garreau is a former long-time reporter and editor at The Washington Post, has served as a scenario-planner with Global Business Network, and is principal of The Garreau Group – a network of sources committed to understanding who we are, how we got that way, and where we’re headed.

Professor Garreau is the Professor of Law, Culture and Values at the College of Law, and a Faculty Fellow in its Center of Law, Science & Innovation, and its Program on Law and Sustainability. He also is Affiliated Faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS.)  Garreau has served as a fellow at The New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., The University of Oxford, The University of Cambridge, the University of California at Berkeley and George Mason University. He has been named a Science Journalism Laureate at Purdue University.  Professor Garreau is also the author of Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, and The Nine Nations of North America.

Selected Works

Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies -- and What it Means to be Human (Doubleday 2005).

Edge City: Life on the New Frontier (Doubleday 1991).

The Nine Nations of North America (Houghton Mifflin 1981).


Assistant: Deborah Relph