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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:

  • Seth Masket, chair of the political science department, gives an interview to the University of Denver Book Chat about his new book, The Inevitable Party.
  • James LaVita, professor in the department of anthropology, is a recipient of the 2016 Legend of Dance by the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library. LaVita and his co-director will be interviewed and the video interviews will be archived in the "Living Legends of Dance in Colorado" collection.
  • Anne DePrince, professor and chair in the psychology department, is a recipient of a 2016 National Crime Victim Service Award, approved by United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. DePrince will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 12 at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
  • Joshua Wilson, assistant professor of political science, along with his collaborator Amanda Hollis-Brusky of Pomona College, has been awarded a quarter-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to study law schools and their impact on the American legal system.
  • Laleh Mehran, associate professor in emergent digital practices, received enthusiastic reviews for her artworks on exhibit in the Maximum Minimum Show at the Miller Gallery of Carnegie Mellon University in February.
  • Andrea Stanton, assistant professor of religious studies, is a co-investigator on a multi-site, $145K research grant that is based out of Bristol University (UK). The project runs through Jan 2019, and DU will host one one research meeting/workshop funded by the grant in June 2018.
  • 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.

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