Janet JacobsJanet Jacobs, professor of women and gender studies and director of the Arts & Sciences Honors Program, was recently named Professor of Distinction. This title is reserved solely for scholars in the College of Arts & Sciences who have been recognized internationally for their research, and by their colleagues and students for their exceptional teaching and service work. Jacobs becomes the second member of the WGST faculty to earn this honor, joining Alison Jaggar who received this title in 2008.

Jacobs' research focuses on of genocide, collective memory and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. She is the author of several books, including Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews, for which she won the distinguished book award from the Society for the Social Scientific Study of Religion, and Memorializing the Holocaust: Gender, Genocide and Collective Memory. Her work has been internationally recognized as contributing to global efforts to support women and children in the aftermath of mass trauma.

Jacobs was honored for this achievement at an event in Old Main Chapel on Monday, September 24th, where she presented a lecture “Sites of Terror and the Memory of Genocidal Trauma.” In addition, two other CU faculty were recognized for this honor: Mitchell C. Begelman of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, and Christopher Braider, from the Department of French and Italian. The event was followed by a reception in the Heritage Center.

Dr. Jacobs is a previous recipient of the Hazel Barnes prize, the largest and most prestigious single faculty award funded by the University of Colorado Boulder, which recognizes “the enriching interrelationship between teaching and research.”