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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

Awards & Achievements

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, activities and achievements:

  • Elizabeth Sperber, assistant professor of political science, received a $12k award through the Global Religion Research Initiative, to help fund her study on how diverse Christian identities (e.g., Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal) influence political attitudes and engagement in the Christian nation of Zambia. 
  • The Lamont Symphony Orchestra has been named one of the 20 most impressive university orchestras in the country by Online Schools Center.
  • Sarah Pessin, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Judaic Studies, received the University of Denver 2017 Faculty Service Award for outstanding contributions to the University during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Sarah Gjertson, associate professor of studio art, will have an exhibition at the historic Park County Courthouse in Fairplay for her project, "Human Imprint: An Exhibition Featuring the Women and Structures of Park County," Sept 8-Nov 11, 2017.
  • Maik Nwosu, associate professor of English, was invited by Parresia Publishers Limited to a book reading at its office in Ikeja, Lagos. Nwosu discussed the migration phenomenon plaguing Africa, as encapsulated in his novel, "A Gecko's Farewell."
  • Timothy Weaver, professor of emergent digital practices, received a $100,000 2017 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAFKI) Grant for a collaborative art-science investigation entitled, "A Data Transcoding Toolkit and Spatiotemporal Listening Environment for the Creative and Scientific Exploration of Emerging Sonification Interactions With Deep Ocean Microbial Ecology (soniDOME)".
  • Lynn Baker, professor of jazz and improvised music at the Lamont School of Music, has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2018 Music Educator Award.
  • Congratulations to the following faculty members who received these 2017 AHSS awards:
    Deans Award for Excellence
         Sheila Schroeder, associate professor in media, film and journalism studies, for "Project DU F.I.L.M. – Phase II: Scary Lucy Narrative Film Project."
         Jing Sun, associate professor in political science,for "Building Peace or Brewing Conflict – a Comparative Study of America, China, and Japan's Pursuit of Leadership in Asia and Beyond."
    Dean's Award for Interdisciplinary Studies
         Andrea Stanton, assistant professor of religious studies, and Nadia Kaneva, associate professor of media, film and journalism studies, for their project, "Speaking Like a State? Analyzing Discourses of Statehood in ISIS' Public Media."
         Christina Kreps, associate professor of anthropology, Meg Jackson, assistant professor of art history, and Gwen Chanzit, professor of the practice of museum studies, for their project, "Interdisciplinary Museum Studies at DU"
    AHSS Stapleton Fund
         Laleh Mehran, professor of emergent digital practices, for her project, "Beneath United Zones"

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