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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, activities and achievements:

  • 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
  • Pilyoung Kim, assistant professor of psychology, received the 2017 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant for her project, "Alterations in Neural Functions that Predict the Onset of Perinatal Depression."
  • Elysia Davis, professor of psychology, received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for her project, "Reducing Fetal Exposure to Maternal Depression to Improve Infant Risk Mechanisms".
  • Art Jones, teaching professor at the Lamont School of Music, and founder of The Spirituals Project, was recognized in April by the Denver Urban Spectrum as one of the 2017 African Americans Who Make a Difference.
  • Lisa Martinez, associate professor and chair of the sociology and criminology department, received a grant from the American Sociological Association to conduct a two-part symposium on migrant (il)legality and variation in immigration laws in immigrant destinations.
  • Seth Masket, professor and chair of the political science department, has accepted a fellowship as the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress, starting May 2018. The title of his research proposal is "The Road Back: Party Activists and the 2020 Presidential Nomination."
  • Congratulations to one alumnus and two students from the creative writing program who are finalists for the 2017 Colorado Book Award:
    You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior by Carolina Ebeid (current PhD student)
    13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad (current PhD student)
    Potted Meat by Steven Dunn (BA '14, English)
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a Public Scholar Fellowship to Susan Schulten, professor and chair in the department of history. As part of her fellowship, Schulten received $50,400 in funding to support time away from teaching so that she can complete her book "A History of America in 100 Maps." This is the second year of funding for this particular fellowship.

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