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Director's Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The mission of ISSR is to promote excellence in social science research. We approach that goal with a variety of programs that are designed to: 1) support the development of methodological skills and tools for social scientists, 2) advance the meaningful participation of social scientists in interdisciplinary collaboration, 3) assist in the development of proposals and administration of funded research projects, and 4) promote the visibility of cutting-edge social science research.

The Institute for Social Science Research is located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, and we welcome participation of the faculty and graduate students across the departments and programs of SBS. Our mission includes serving social scientists across the other colleges of UMass-Amherst; we welcome interested faculty and graduate students, for example, in the College of Education, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Isenberg School of Management, College of Natural Sciences, College of Nursing, and  School of Public Health.  We also strive to support excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration, which means that natural and physical scientists and engineers are welcome to contact us about opportunities for collaboration with social scientists. We welcome participants from across the region and around the world in our summer workshops. We are interested in discussing and pursuing collaboration with other institutional partners, so please do not hesitate to contact us.  I thank you for your interest in the Institute for Social Science Research and hope to see you at our upcoming events.



Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director


Two Talks on Humanitarianism

Two Talks on Humanitarianism

Mon, Oct 5 2015 - 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Location:  Hadley Room, 10th floor of the UMass Campus Center

The  Five College Culture, Health and Science Certificate Program brings you these talks by Professors Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good & Byron J. Good, Harvard University.

Politics and Imaginaries of Warrior Women
Prof. MaryJo DelVecchio Good



Reflections on a Decade of Work in Post-Conflict Aceh, Indonesia
PRof. Byron J. Good     

UMass Amherst
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