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

Paul Beale wearing Buffalo Bicycle Classic uniform and bicycle helmet

Paul Beale

Interim Director of the Honors Program • Professor of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Paul Beale is a Professor of Physics, and has been a member of the CU faculty since 1984. He has served as an Associate Dean in Arts and Sciences (1996-2000), Director of Honors (2006-2008), and Chair of the Department of Physics (2008-2016). In addition to serving this year as Interim Faculty Director of Honors, he is also the Director of the Buffalo Bicycle Classic, the largest scholarship fundraising event in...
Dr. Janet Jacobs, Director of the Honors Program

Janet Jacobs

Director of the Honors Program (on sabbatical AY 2020-2021) • Professor of Women and Gender Studies
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Professor Janet Jacobs is currently Professor of 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 won the distinguished...
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Robert Buchwald

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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Olivia Chadha

Program for Writing and Rhetoric
Olivia began her writing career as a graphic fiction scriptwriter in Los Angeles for Fathom, a Top Cow Comics/Image Comics property. She completed her bachelors in literature at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies, masters in creative writing here at CU, and studied literature, rhetoric, and creative writing at State University New York, Binghamton (SUNY) where she completed her doctorate in 2009. Her studies included Partition literature, modern and postmodern multicultural...
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Jeffrey Chadwick

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
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

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

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
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

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...
Dr. Paul Strom pictured in his library.

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