Stephen Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, and co-founder of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture.

He is author of ten books, including The Emotional Mind (Harvard University Press, 2019), The Evolution of Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and On Monsters (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, the Smithsonian, University of Chicago, and many more. He writes regularly for the New York Times and Aeon magazine.

Asma has lived and taught in Phnom Penh Cambodia, Beijing, and Shanghai China.

An issue of Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture is devoted to his research on adaptive imagination:

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