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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)


Make a Lasting Impact


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

  • Jared Del Rosso, assistant professor in the department of sociology and criminology, has published a new book,  Talking About Torture: How Political Discourse Shapes the Debate (Columbia University Press).
  • Two AHSS faculty received accolades from Latino Literacy Now's International Latino Book Awards in June. Elizabeth Escobedo, associate professor of history, won first place for best history book in English for, From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front. Lydia Gil, Spanish lecturer, won first place for best youth Latino focused chapter book for, Letters from Heaven.
  • Sarah Enos Watamura, associate professor of psychology, has been selected to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. The Ascend Fellowship invests in 21 diverse leaders from a range of sectors who have breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success and health and well-being for low-income families in the US. 
  • 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.