The Honors Program Faculty and Staff

The core members of the Honors Program faculty have offices in the Honors Program, keep regular office hours, 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.


Honors Faculty

Dr. Janet Jacobs, Director of the Honors Program

Janet Jacobs

Director of the Honors Program • Professor of Distinction, Women and Gender Studies
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Professor Janet Jacobs is currently a Professor of Distinction in Women and Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1985. Her research areas include gender, religion, and social psychology. She is a recognized scholar in the areas of women and religion and culture, ethnicity, and identity. She is author or editor of six books, including Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews, for which she...
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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
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
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
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. When not in the...
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Abby Hickcox

Associate Director of the Honors Program • Advisor of the University of Colorado Honors Journal • Teaching Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
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...

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Daniel Jones performing.

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 working a hybrid schedule this semester: Mondays: Working 9am-5pm; alternating between campus and remote every other Monday. Will be on campus January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, and May 2nd. Tuesdays: Working remotely from 9am-5pm Wednesdays: On campus from 9am-5pm Thursdays: On campus from 9am-5pm Fridays: Working remotely from 9am-5pm I am available via phone at 303-492-6617 and via Microsoft...

Kimberly Quiñonez

Honors Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program