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The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute is a forum for faculty at the University of Massachusetts to engage with one another in a spirit of intellectual and creative adventure in a range of settings and environments. At the core of our activities is the IS Seminar, organized around a specific theme; each semester we choose a new topic (for a listing of past and present themes, see our Seminars page). The ethos of the seminar is free and democratic, cutting across lines of discipline and rank. Participants take turns leading discussion, based on their own interests and projects. Our other events include an annual ISI lecture, as well as working groups and colloquia. It is our hope that the ISI, its seminar and related activities, will provide a vigorous resource for intellectual and creative energy on the UMass campus. Its range and connective potential should link faculty not only within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts but also in other disciplines and colleges as well.


ISI Director
Stephen Clingman

ISI Assistant
Amanda Carr

Amanda Waugh

ISI Board
Lee Badgett
Center for Public Policy and Administration

James Boyce

Department of Economics

Janice Irvine

Department of Sociology

John Kingston

Department of Linguistics

Randall Knoper

Department of English

Laetitia La Follette

Department of Art, Architecture and Art History

Kathleen Lugosch

Department of Art, Architecture and Art History

Patrick Mensah

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Eileen O’Neill

Department of Philosophy

Robert Paynter

Department of Anthropology

Manisha Sinha

W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies

Banu Subramaniam

Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies