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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:

  • Michael Brent, assistant professor of philosophy, was named the University of Denver Faculty Adviser of the Year for 2018.
  • Professor of History Susan Schulten (with Eliot J. Gorn, Randy Roberts and Terry Bilhartz) published Constructing the American Past, 8th ed., 2 vols. (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • University Libraries and Judaic Studies professor Jeanne Abrams published First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role (New York University Press, 2018).
  • The University of Denver's Lamont Jazz Orchestra won the top award at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in a tie with Central Oklahoma University. Lamont soloists Dylan Vessel, trumpet and Matt Campbell, drums, won two of the four Judges Soloist Awards.
  • Associate professor Elizabeth Escobedo and associate professor and chair of History Carol Helstosky were awarded a contract from the Veterans Administration to organize a research project on the lives and contributions of veterans buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
  • Assistant professor of Sociology & Criminology Karen Albright received funding from the American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline for her project, "Sociology Outside the Academy: Non-Academic Career Patterns and Implications for Sociological Training."
  • The Department of Psychology was listed among the top PhD programs in the nation by U. S. News & World Report.
  • Assistant professor of Psychology Angela Narayan was awarded the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development "Rising Star Alumni."
  • Associate professor of History Elizabeth Campbell was awarded a Public Impact Fellowship for her work with the Center for Art Collection Ethics (ACE).
  • Assistant professor of bassoon Martin Kuuskmann and maestro Dennis Russell Davies recorded Miguel Kertsman's Bassoon Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Lamont Jazz Studies student and pianist with the Lamont Jazz Orchestra, Elliot Clement, is one of seven finalists in the nation for the American Jazz Pianist Competition.
  • Associate professor of Psychology Sarah Enos Watamura was selected as an advisory board member for the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, a cohort of six organizations and a national Advisory Board to develop bold strategies and solutions that strengthen families' employment, economic security, and health and well-being, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Alison Schofield, associate professor of Religious Studies, has been serving as scholarly consultant with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in preparation for the unprecedented exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which opened March 17th. She was also interviewed on 9News Next with Kyle Clark about her work.