Our faculty and community are leaning into the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and responding to it through research, creative works and community engagement. Here are a few highlights of these efforts.

For more information about the University's response to COVID-19 and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the DU COVID-19 website.

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Faculty in the News

Historians warn about dangers of reopening too soon

Susan Schulten, Professor of History and Department Chair
On The Denver Channel

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COVID-19 in Latin America: Growing Challenges in the World’s Most Unequal Region

Rafael Ioris, Associate Professor of History

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Toward a Religious Ethic of Social Equity Through Maximum Productivity in a Post-Pandemic Era

Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies 
In Berkley Forum

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Coronavirus Has Erased 1 In 10 Jobs In Colorado. What Does That Really Mean For The Unemployed?

Paula Cole, Teaching Associate Professor of Economics
On Colorado Public Radio

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Opinion: Long after the coronavirus, domestic violence victims will need help

Anne DePrince, Professor of Psychology
In The Colorado Sun

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In some states, coronavirus measures are effectively banning abortion

Joshua Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science
In the Washington Post

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Why a Roman philosopher’s views on the fear of death matter as coronavirus spreads

Thomas Nail, Associate Professor of Philosophy
In The Conversation

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Partisanship has no place in managing the coronavirus outbreak

Jeanne Abrams, Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives (Center for Judaic Studies) and Professor in the University Libraries
In The Washington Post

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Social media shaming is spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, for better or worse

Lynn Schofield Clark, Professor of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and Department Chair
In The Colorado Sun

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3 Keys to a Healthy Relationship in the Shadow of Coronavirus

Scott Stanley, Research Professor of Psychology
In the Institute for Family Studies

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Couple holding hands.

Students Engaging in Research

University of Denver Psychology Professor Howard Markman and students taking his Couples Therapy and Relationship Education class decided to take a closer look at this unprecedented time of prolonged togetherness. The class created an anonymous poll to gauge the impact coronavirus has had on relationships. 

Along with working with his class on this topic, Markman and fellow Psychology Professor Scott Stanley wrote an article for Family Process, "Helping Couples in the Shadow of COVID-19." The article discusses important foundations of safety for relationship and highlights three key concepts that can help couples protect their relationships. The article also notes patterns from the Couples Therapy and Relationship Education class's survey.



Alumni Stories


Ahead of potential meat shortage, Colorado ranch is giving away free ground beef to families in need

Alumna Tess Leach (formerly Phillips) is director of business operations for Ranchlands, a family-run agricultural business that has been giving away beef to families in need due to the pandemic. 

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Canada’s ‘Voice of the Nation’ Rings Out in a Capital Quieted by a Virus

Lamont alumna Andrea McCrady, MD, the Dominion Carillonneur of Canada, plays the Peace Tower Carillon in Ottawa. Her performances have become the only sanctioned musical events for a live audience in Canada’s capital during the shutdown.

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Guatemala Community Health COVID-19 communication.

Research Impacting Communities

Alejandro Cerón, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, researches the interconnections between public health and the right to health. His current research aims to understand how knowledge about public health issues is created and disseminated. Cerón was invited to collaborate with the Health Commission of Pacto Ciudadano, a coalition of more than 100 civil society organizations promoting human rights and transparency in Guatemalan public institutions. 

Pacto Ciudadano's Health Commission is working to make information about COVID-19 prevention available to community leaders and organizations across the country. Cerón and collaborators from the commission created a first version of the community guidelines and are currently working on an improved second version. Additionally, DU student Zoi Johns (who is majoring in international studies and anthropology) helped design a website where people can find the community guidelines and other relevant resources. Johns serves as an undergraduate research assistant for the DU Ethnography Lab thanks to a Dean's Award for Interdisciplinary Studies grant. In yet another DU connection to the project, the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship is funding indigenous artists to produce short informational videos with audio in the four major indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala.

Read a Q&A with Alejandro Cerón