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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)

Contributing to knowledge



Our research and community and global partnerships give students and faculty the chance to have positive, lasting impacts around the world. 

Contributing to Knowledge

Awards & Grants

AHSS faculty and students are often recognized for their outstanding contributions to education, their fields of research and the community.

Here are some of our most recent achievements

  • Dean Saitta, professor and chair of anthropology, received the William S. Tacey Award for his service as co-president of the Colorado Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). 
  • Rachel Walsh, associate professor of Italian in the department of languages and literatures, has published her first book, Ugo Foscolo's Tragic Vision in Italy and England. The work was supported by the Anna Maglione-Sie Endowment for Italian Faculty Research. 
  • The 2014 Leonardo Award for Excellence has been awarded to Conor McGarrigle, assistant professor in the emergent digital practices program, for his article “Augmented Resistance: The Possibilities for AR and Data Driven Art,” published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac.
  • Elizabeth Escobedo, associate professor in the department of history, has been awarded the Armitage-Jameson Prize from the Coalition for Western Women's History for her book, From Coveralls to Zoot Suits.
  • Andrea Stanton, assistant professor in the department of religious studies, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to fund a 2015 summer institute for secondary school teachers entitled: Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean. It is a joint program with George Mason University, hosted by DU. 
  • Scott Howard, associate professor of English, has received the Donald C. Gallup Fellowship in American literature from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. This is a research fellowship that will fund one month of dedicated work on his monograph, Archive and Artifact: Susan Howe's Poetics.
  • Bill Philpott, associate professor in the history department, has been awarded a Spur Award in the Western Nonfiction--Contemporary category for his book Vacationland.
  • Omar Gudino, assistant professor in the department of psychology, has been appointed to the Denver Latino Commission of the Denver City Council.