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

Colorado's colleges and universities are proving that containing COVID-19 is possible

Sarah Watamura, Department of Psychology
In KUSA TV 9-News

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How political polarization broke America’s vaccine campaign

Seth Masket, Political Science Department
In Vox

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What Will Become of the Pandemic Pets?

Ingrid Tague, Department of History
In The New Yorker

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Asian Americans in Colorado say enough is enough after year of pandemic-related hate

Ping Qiu, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
In The Denver Gazette

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Colorado’s billionaires are nearly $10 billion richer since March 2020

Markus Schneider, Department of Economics
In The Denver Post

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For working moms, stimulus bill is a 'total game changer'

Casey Stockstill, Department of Sociology & Criminology
In Sentinel Source

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COVID in Colorado: How Local News Has Changed

Kareem El Damanhoury, Media, Film & Journalism Studies
In Fox 31

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How Much Did COVID-19 Affect The 2020 Election?

Seth Masket, Department of Political Science
In FiveThirtyEight


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Zoom Funerals, Outdoor Classes: Jails and Prisons Evolve Amid the Pandemic

DU Prison Arts Initiative, Department of Theatre
In The Marshall Project

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If your pandemic partner is getting on your last nerve, try these tips to repair your relationship

Howard Markman, Department of Psychology
In The Washington Post

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The cost of child care was already astronomical. In the pandemic, it’s ‘terrifying.’

Casey Stockstill, Department of Sociology & Criminology
In The Lily


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Unemployment And Housing Benefits Are Expiring. Colorado Will Try To Stop The Bleeding With A Modest Stimulus

Paula Cole, Department of Economics
In Colorado Public Radio

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Going Virtual Allows Prison Arts Program To Provide Incarcerated People With Outlet For Healing

Ashley Hamilton, DU Prison Arts Initiative, Department of Theatre

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From Plaster to Plastic, Artists Take Inventive Approaches to Face Masks

Vicki Myhren Gallery, School of Art & Art History
In Hyperallergic

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Deep political disagreements can coexist with universal support for vaccines

Jeanne Abrams, Holocaust Awareness Institute, Center for Judaic Studies
In The Washington Post

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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


Out of the Pandemic, a New Marketplace for Native Ingredients

Featuring Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra, alumni from the Departments of History and Media, Film & Journalism Studies

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The Criminalization of Mask Wearing Against Black Bodies

Featuring Aliyah Williams, alumna from the Departments of Psychology, Sociology/Criminology and Political Science

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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