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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.

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Contributing to Knowledge

Our faculty and students work around the world in labs, studios, archives and libraries making discoveries that address real-world problems and ambitions.

A lot of our work is made possible thanks to grants funded by generous DU supporters. Make a gift or review grant opportunities.

Here are some of our most recent awards and achievements:

  • Luis Leon, associate professor of religious studies, led a panel discussion entitled "California Getting Religion," to discuss the role of religion and define what it means to be religious in California.The panel was hosted by BOOM: A Journal of California.
  • Lindsey Feitz, assistant teaching professor in Gender and Women's Studies, received the Provost's Faculty Advocate Champion of Change Award. The award is given annually to a faculty member, student, staff or alum who advances Inclusiveness Excellence at DU.
  • Jing Sun, associate professor of political science, was invited by the government of China to attend a high-level conference on rural governance in Xianningm in central China. Sun attended this conference with several governors, a vice speaker of the House and advisors to the Chinese president.
  • Sarah Pessin, professor in the departments of philosophy and Judaic Studies, is the recipient of the Iliff School of Theology 2016 Everding Distinguished Lectureship, an endowed lectureship in inter-religious dialogue. The lectureship features outstanding speakers from the Anglican-Episcopal, Jewish, and Islamic traditions to enrich the educational and outreach programming of Iliff and Saint John's Cathedral.
  • Eleni Sikelianos, professor of English, received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship which will allow her to take time off from teaching to focus on writing and research. This is the second time Sikelianos has received a grant from the NEA.
  • Laird Hunt, professor of English, is the recipient of the first edition of the Book Award The Bridge for his novel Neverhome. The Book Award The Bridge unites the Italian and American cultures, and aims to strengthen mutual understanding. Recipients are from either Italy or the United States. Hunt accepted his award in October at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
  • Anne DePrince, professor and chair in the psychology department, was named the recipient of SafeHouse Denver's 2015 Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award. DePrince will receive the award in October in recognition for her efforts to provide inspiration and leadership to end domestic violence in the community.
  • 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).

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