The Honors Program Faculty and Staff

The core members of the Honors Program faculty have offices in the Honors Program, keep regular office hours in Norlin and/or Smith Hall, teach Honors Program courses, serve on the Honors Council, and play an active role in directing honors theses as well as participating on honors thesis committees.

Our teaching faculty change every semester and are always among the most talented, committed and innovative scholars on the CU Boulder campus. To see our current teaching faculty, visit the list of current courses.

  To learn more about the history of the Honors Program, please visit our history page

  To see our office hours and how to contact staff for assistance, please click here



Jennifer Fitzgerald

Interim Director of the Honors Program • Professor of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Jennifer Fitzgerald is a Professor of Political Science. A specialist in comparative political behavior, much of Fitzgerald's work examines the ways in which social context shapes political attitudes and vote choice in democratic societies. Her most recent book is entitled Close to Home: Local Ties and Voting Radical Right in Europe (2018 Cambridge University Press/Cambridge Series in Public Opinion and Political Psychology). Current projects explore support for political violence, views...


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Robert Buchwald

Teaching Assistant Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I have always been fascinated by the natural world and the way each part is simultaneously influenced and affected by every other piece. I grew up in West Texas where I spent my youth exploring the nearby desert. Many years later on a trip to Costa Rica, surrounded by the nightly chorus of jungle insects and frogs, I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life learning about...
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Jeffrey Chadwick

Teaching Assistant Professor
Political Science
Jeffrey Chadwick received his Ph.D. in political science with minors in philosophy and public policy. He enjoys the interdisciplinary work that can be found within and between political science and other areas, such as research in the cognitive sciences, especially regarding key questions about how we interact with one another. He has taught at institutions on the East coast, Midwest, and now in the West. The range of courses that...
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Steven Dike

Associate Director, Honors Residential Academic Program • Teaching Assistant Professor
Steven graduated from the University of Colorado with his PhD in History in 2011. He has been teaching full-time in Honors at the university since spring 2013. His research interests include labor and working class history, intellectual history, cultural history, the history of Puerto Rico, and the history of poverty in America. In his long and varied career, he has worked as a truck driver, pool guy, teacher, college instructor,...
Dr. Kate Fischer

Kate Fischer

Teaching Assistant Professor • Associate DEI Director, Honors RAP • Assistant Director of Honors Education, MASP
I’m a cultural anthropologist and earned my Ph.D. in anthropology from CU-Boulder. I like to think that by now I’ve also earned an honorary degree as a coffee-ologist, having worked or researched in just about every part of the coffee commodity chain. I did most of my dissertation fieldwork in Costa Rica, where I looked at how the Costa Rican sense of self as exceptional has been challenged both by...
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Alison Hatch

Teaching Associate Professor
Sociology and Women & Gender Studies
Alison Hatch received her Bachelors in Sociology and Women's Studies and her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. After the completion of her Ph.D. in 2009, she lived in Savannah, Georgia for eight years where she served as Associate Professor of Sociology for Georgia Southern University. Alison's primary research and teaching interests include gender violence, marriage & family, and the sociology of sexuality. She has published two...
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Abby Hickcox

Associate Director of the Honors Program • Advisor of the University of Colorado Honors Journal • Teaching Associate Professor
Abby Hickcox brings an interdisciplinary perspective within the Social Sciences to the Honors Program. She earned a BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in 2000. In 2006 she received a master’s of science from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her master’s research investigated the privatization of common property (the Mexican ejido ) in a national protected area in western...
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Jennifer Schwartz

Teaching Assistant Professor
Psychology and Neuroscience
Jennifer Schwartz grew up in Boulder and is a proud Boulder High School graduate. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Brown University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Emory University in 1996. Her research has focused on depression among children, adolescents, and medically ill populations. She returned home to Boulder when her oldest daughter, now 23, was 2-years-old. She has been living here and teaching...


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Daniel Jones

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Daniel Jones received his BA in Music from Sonoma State University in 1981. He did his graduate work at the University of Colorado Boulder, receiving his MM in Musicology/Music Theory in 1984 and his Ph.D in Musicology in 1991. His specialty as a musicologist is American music, particularly folk and popular musics. His areas of research and publication include early American psalmody, country music, and music theory. As a performing...
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E. Christian Kopff

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Chris Kopff was born in Brooklyn NY, November 22, 1946 and educated at St. Paul's School (Garden City NY), Haverford College PA (B.A., summa cum laude ) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD, Classics). He has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder since 1973. For about five of the last thirty years he has lived in Rome, Italy, teaching and studying. He is editor of...
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Paul Strom

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Paul Strom came to Boulder from New Mexico to attend CU in 1967 where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. Along the way, he was also able to take advantage of the first Study Abroad program at the University of Lancaster, England (highly recommended). It was during the turmoil of the Vietnam War era that he became interested in other matters that seemed urgent, so he pursued a...


Janelle Henderson

Honors Program Manager
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
I am available via phone at 303-492-6627 and via Microsoft Teams Monday through Friday. I am happy to meet with you via Zoom or Teams by appointment, or you are welcome to drop in via Teams or in my office; I am located in the Honors Program suite in Norlin Library, room M400M.

Kimberly Quiñonez

Honors Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program