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Joshua Wilson
November 19, 2018

How Social Movements Affect U.S. Politics 

Social movements energized by the 2016 election clearly played a role in the recent midterm elections, according to Joshua Wilson, associate professor of political science. But how effective are political and social movements at using law in the pursuit of political ends? That question is at the heart of Wilson’s research. Wilson points to the civil rights movement as an example of how social movements can impact political change through the courts. “Racial desegregation was pursued by the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, led at the time by Thurgood Marshall. This is a classic example of a decades-long strategy to use the federal courts to desegregate and increase access in various parts of everyday life – from housing, to voting, to schooling,” said Wilson.

Amanda Martinez
November 19, 2018

Decoding Vampires Already

Amanda Martinez was only into her first year at DU when she was recognized as a scholar and invited to present at an international conference on one of her favorite topics: Buffy the Vampire Slayer! It all began last fall when Martinez, who is studying business management and psychology, took “Gender, Feminism, Power and Pop Culture: Decoding Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” a first-year seminar (FSEM) taught by Jodie Kreider, visiting assistant professor of history.

Brandan Buck
November 19, 2018

Higher Ed Brings Veteran Back to Public Service

As an undergrad history major, Brandan Buck was unique among his peers. The Army veteran had four years of military experience, including one year in Afghanistan, before stepping foot on campus. His work and his research often reflected his military background. After graduating in 2009, Buck worked for the government, but he never lost his zeal for historical research. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, Buck served in the U.S. Army (2001-2003) and the Virginia Army National Guard (2003-2005). He was deployed to Afghanistan July 2004 to July 2005. “During that time, I served as a machine gunner in an infantry platoon that provided force protection, convoy security and other combat operations,” he said.

AHSS in the News

uBiome Awards Groundbreaking Grant to University of Denver to Study the Role of the Microbiome in Perinatal Depression, Elysia Davis, professor of psychology and director of the Neurodevelopmental Research Program, Nov 16, 2018
Trump's attack on the Florida recounts is an attack on American Democracy, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Nov 12, 2018
Alumnus Delves Into a Neglected Chapter of WWI History, Jeffrey Miller (BA '75, History) Nov 12, 2018
Colorado's election brought a wave of women, but the current was strongest for Democrats, Sara Chatfield, assistant professor of political science, Nov 11, 2018
What the "Trump tax" cost Republicans, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Nov 9, 2018
Cemetery Exhibit Opens as DU Honors Veterans, Carol Helstosky, associate professor and chair of the history department, Nov 9, 2018
Analyzing the 2018 Midterm Elections, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Sara Chatfield, assistant professor of political science, Nov 8, 2018
5 Ways to Spend Veterans Day Weekend in Denver, Carol Helstosky, associate professor and chair of the history department, Nov 7, 2018
PhD Student's Debut Collection Shortlisted for a National Book Award, Diana Nguyen, PhD candidate for creative writing, Nov 7, 2018
Talking About Hatred, 'Allergic To Difference,' And 'Hate And Protect' On Election Day, Sarah Pessin, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Judaic Studies, Nov 6, 2018 
Why the economy might not save Trump in the midterms, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Nov 6, 2018
Crow ousts Coffman in battleground congressional district, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Nov 6, 2018
Photography professor's book connects lives on either side of a century, Roddy MacInnes, associate professor in the School of Art and Art History, Nov 5, 2018
The Lessons We'll Learn From The Mid-Terms, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Nov 5, 2018
Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community, Thyria Wilson, archivist and reference specialist in the Center for Judaic Studies, Nov 5, 2018
That Yellow 'Noodle Sculpture' on I-25? It's Got A Back Story Worth Knowing, Gwen Chanzit, professor of art history and director of museum studies at the School of Art and Art History, Nov 5, 2018
Keith Ward Discusses the Future for the Lamont School of Music, Keith Ward, director of the Lamont School of Music, Nov 2, 2018
The California Nightmare, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Nov 2, 2018
Five new Colorado podcasts you should be listening to, Esteban M. Gómez, assistant professor of anthropology, Nov 1, 2018
Help us share the knowledge that will stem this rising tide of hate, Nader Hashemi, associate professor of international studies and director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Sarah Pessin, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Andrea Stanton, associate professor and chair of religious studies, Oct 29, 2018
News Organizations across the nation back Colorado Independent's open-records fight at US Supreme Court, Derigan Silver, associate professor of media, film & journalism studies, Oct 26, 2018
DU History Alum Becomes a Part of History, Dave Mullins (BA '05, Creative Writing and Japanese History) Oct 18, 2018
Maps Have the Power to Shape History, Susan Schulten, professor of history, Oct 15, 2018
Kavanaugh's appoint to Supreme Court could change the cases brought before the court, Joshua C. Wilson, associate professor of political science, Oct 14, 2018
The Reasons Behind Negative Political Ads, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Oct 10, 2018
Colorado's governor's race: Jared Polis leads Walker Stapleton by 11 points in major new survey, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Oct 10, 2018
How Colorado "influencers" make money on Instagram, and what happens when that account gets held for ransom, Derigan Silver, associate professor of media, film and journalism studies and adjunct faculty in the Sturm College of Law, Oct 9, 2018
Matthew Shepard: 20 years later, the killing hasn't stopped, Rick Barbour, associate professor of theater, Oct 8, 2018
Is Trump Driving Woman Away From the GOP for Good? Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics, Oct 8, 2018
The conservative takeover of the US court system: How did it happen & what's next? Joshua C. Wilson, professor of political science, Oct 2, 2018 
Control, Predictability Can Help Counter Students' Trauma, Research Finds, Sarah Enos Watamura, professor of psychology, Oct 1, 2018