In the College of Liberal Arts, scholarship takes many forms depending on whether you identify as being in the arts, humanities, or the social sciences, or somewhere in between. No matter the form, our research and creative activities result in impactful scholarship.

Through the efforts of the associate dean for research, we offer college-level competitive grants and awards, collaborations with the college and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the One Health Institute. And, we offer workshops and brown-bag sessions to help our faculty and students meet their creative research goals.

Research & Artistry Proposal Support

Searching for a research grant or need help submitting a grant application?

Books & Creative Activities

Explore this showcase of books, exhibitions, and performances by CLA faculty.

Awards and Fellowships

Seeking a fellowship or residency, or want to apply for or nominate someone for an award?

Research Centers & Institutes

Learn more about the centers, institutes, and other special units in the College.

Message from the Research Associate Dean

Elissa Braunstein

  • Interim Dean
  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
  • Professor of Economics

As the Research Associate Dean (you’ll sometimes hear me called the “RAD”) for the College of Liberal Arts, I am proud to support and advocate for the faculty, students and staff who engage in scholarship as it is uniquely defined here in CLA.

Research Highlights

$11.5 million

of funded research
& scholarship
, FY 2018-22


active research projects


centers and institutes
devoted to research


Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence: the Center for Literary Publishing and the Public and Environmental History Center

Faculty Stories

Sammy Zahran and David Mushinski

Disease outbreak in Flint, Michigan

Sarah Payne

New Mexico Japanese-American confinement camps

Jeffrey Snodgrass

Conducting ethnographic research in gamers’ virtual worlds

Eric Ishiwata

Ethnic Studies
Race relations in Fort Morgan, Colorado

Phil Cafaro

Environmental Impacts of Overpopulation

Michael Carolan

No One Eats Alone: Food as a social enterprise

Camille Dungy

NEA Creative Writing Fellowship

Pat Hastings

Impact of family structure on parental investments and inequality

Areas of Research and Specialization

gender   inequality  aesthetics    pedagogy    cultural studies    collaboration  power  identity    environment    race/ethnicity     social justice    globalization  discourse    government    performance     ethics    health    intersectionality    sustainability    teaching and learning     community    poetry and fiction    climate change    water    energy     institutions    fieldwork    rhetoric    public policy    logic     digital humanities   food insecurity     political economy   religion     animal rights    labor     international media    visual literacy     adaptation     performance

Teacher Scholars

University Distinguished Professors
University Teaching Scholars
Best Teacher Award Winners
Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Our faculty not only conduct research, they bring their talents and expertise into the classroom.


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